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Nature Based Therapy

Nature Based Therapy is an emerging field that focuses on the healing power of nature as a tool to promote health and wellbeing.

There is now strong evidence that people with good access to natural environments are more likely to have better mental health and wellbeing. The more actively engaged we are with nature, the better our wellbeing.

Our Nature Based interventions utilise the facilities available at Brooke House. Colebrooke’s Walled Garden provides a therapeutic space for individuals, their families, and groups, to engage with nature and develop horticultural skills through hands on gardening and seasonal field-to-plate workshops covering harvesting, cooking and nutrition.

Other nature-based interventions include catch and release Fly Fishing on the estate’s private lake, Wildlife Observation and Guided Nature Walks. We are continuously being developing the nature based therapies we have on offer.

Nature Based Therapy is offered as a stand alone therapy, and as an intervention during our Structured Residential Programmes.

In addition, we deliver a 10-week Horticultural Therapy Programme three times a year in Colebrooke’s Walled Garden.

Nature Blog

For more information about DGS and Colebrooke Walled Garden, check out our blog!

We are delighted to share with you “Growing together through extraordinary times” our first ever nature blog! Developed in conjunction with Brooke House, DGS, Colebrooke Walled Garden this weekly blog will bring growing tips, information and whats happening in Colebrooke Walled Garden and the wider estate.


Take a look at our Defence Gardens’ Scheme Horticultural Therapy Programme.

This 10-week programme is available to clients with a therapeutic need and requires an additional screening process. It is delivered in conjunction with the Defence Gardens’ Scheme.