The Down To Earth project focuses on working with women across Romney Marsh with the aim to improve their wellbeing through a combinatino of nature, physical activity and volunteering. The project which launched in summer 2019 is funded by Sports England and the National Lottery.

The project has attracted support from 19 volunteers, 17 of which are ongoing volunteers. Individually giving between two and 26 hours of their time over the project so far.

Nine volunteers have actively provided support and motivation to others during the pandemic lockdown period as contributors and advocates.

More than half of the volunteers have been involved in the planning of nature based physical activity groups they attend or are supporting the development of new groups.

Three volunteers are now undertaking accredited forest school training and have shown continuing levels of motivation towards training. Participants of the project have suggested a range of positive impacts to both their own and their family’s wellbeing through their involvement in the Down To Earth.

Original article published in ‘Our year for wildlife – Kent wildlife Trust 2019/2020