Woodlands for Health is a 12 week forest-based walking programme for adults connected to
mental health services in Ireland.

Woodlands for Health provides an accessible and sustainable way for people to use the natural world as part of a toolkit to manage their mental health.

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

There are now 26 programmes running in 20 counties and growing all the time!


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


Here you can see some of the benefits that people have experienced from taking part in Woodlands for Health. You can download our Evaluation Report too.

For more information

Contact National Woodlands and Nature Project Lead Niamh Ní Chonghaile