Woodlands for Health is a 12 week woodland-based guided walking programme for adults availing of mental health services and supports in Ireland. Woodlands for Health is an accessible and sustainable way to engage with nature, as part of a toolkit for supporting mental health and well-being.

Woodlands for Health began as a pilot project in Wicklow in 2012, based on the award-winning “Branching Out” programme in Scotland.


Woodlands for Health is offered by partner organisations Coillte,
Get Ireland Walking,
Mental Health Ireland and
Maynooth University.

Experience the Woodlands

360 degree immersive virtual view
of Barnaslingan Woods

Woodlands for Health Evaluation Report, 2020


Here you can see our evaluation reports from 2014 and 2020, which detail some of the benefits that people have experienced from taking part in Woodlands for Health. Click on the links to learn more.

Benefits of Group Walking in Forests for People with Significant Mental Ill-Health, 2014