From 7am on Friday Breakfast… It may be a time of celebration and fun for many but what actually happens to those of us who for one reason or another find Christmas a really hard time to deal with? Well … a mental health woodland project – that’s run by a local community group – is proving to be a life saver for some of those involved with it. Based in North Herefordshire The Cart Sheds farm woodlands are helping individuals come to terms with their trauma, stress and grief – particularly at this time of year. The woman behind the project is Katie Eastaugh and she’s been showing our reporter Julie Tyler just what it is they’re doing that’s saving lives.

An evening for health professionals was hosted in August 2016 at Devereux Wootton to support the work of The Cart Shed. Guest, High Sheriff Bill Jackson praised the benefits of being outdoors in general, and of the Cart Shed in particular. Lord Lieutenant Lady Darnley came with her grand daughter and enjoyed seeing all the activities available at The Cart Shed.
Chairman of the Cart Shed Patrick Wrixon made a strong case for farmers engaging the general public with nature (one of the Cart Shed sites is in his woods at Norton Canon), and managing director Katie Eastaugh delivered an impassioned speech about the Cart Shed being a family where everyone can feel safe and open up.

Posted by BBC Hereford & Worcester on Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Lovely write up by Ian Morris from The Hereford Times about The Cart Shed. Click here to read the article.

Click on an image to view it in full size.