Orchard Origins’ Volunteers: Clare’s Story


Herefordshire is one of many Wildlife Trusts to run a nature-based social enterprise to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.  They are doing so because a huge body of research shows that access to nature has great benefits for people, among them reduced depression, obesity and diabetes. Mental ill health costs the UK £105.2 billion in 2009-2010 (The Centre for Mental Health). One study suggests green therapy could save the NHS £2.1bn a year.

This is Clare’s story on how volunteering with Orchard Origins has helped her.  Continue reading

Orchard Origins Pressing Ahead


In April, we will be adding three initials to the end of our name.  Becoming a C.I.C or Community Interest Company is an important milestone for Orchard Origins. Since we launched two years ago with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, it has been our goal to become a social enterprise. So what does it mean?

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Mental Wealth: The Wellbeing Value Of Volunteering Outdoors


Mental illness is very common. One in four people will experience some form of mental heath problem in their lifetime, such as depression or anxiety, The stigma and discrimination associated with it is wide-reaching, and deeply affects the choices people make. It can have an impact on every aspect of their life; their family and social relationships, education and access to employment. Many feel socially isolated and excluded from their local communities. Research shows that supporting people to be active outdoors benefits their mental wellbeing. Continue reading