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Blue to Green

Get creative in nature! Improve your mental health with our programme for adults in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire.

Blue to Green - We're a trusted Green Space provider

Do you need some extra support with your mental health? Would you like to connect with other people? Interested in unleashing your creativity? Want to explore the wonderful green spaces around Nottingham?

Blue to Green provides free arts activities for adults in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire. In small, supportive groups you’ll join workshops led by professional artists. Sessions take place in some of our city & county’s most inspiring outdoor spots. Experiment with sound, try your hand at poetry, have a go at sculpture.

Blue to Green is funded by GreenSpace, the Green Social Prescribing Programme for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. GreenSpace is led by Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.

Who can apply?

In Nottingham City, Blue to Green is open to people aged 18+. In the county, it is open to people aged 55+. You can apply if you would find it difficult to access green spaces and nature without support. This might be because:

  • you are feeling lonely or isolated
  • you are experiencing mental health issues
  • you have a disability or a long term health condition

Why take part?

Connecting with nature helps improve wellbeing. It leads to a happier, healthier life. Being outdoors has been shown to help lower levels of stress, to reduce fatigue and alleviate anxiety. It motivates us to be more physically active and healthy.

People walk down a canal tow-path

Nottingham has a lot to offer in the way of green spaces. There are many hidden gems. You’ll have the chance to explore St Ann’s Allotment, The Arboretum, Netherfield Lagoons, Greens Windmill, Beeston Canal, Wollaton Hall and other interesting places. In the county we will visit places like Arnot Hill Park, Bestwood and Gedling Country Park’s.

Access

Activities will take place at a gentle pace. There will be regular breaks during each session.

We strive to make all our activities as accessible as possible. When making your referral, please let us know about any support needs you have. We will work with you make sure you can benefit from our activities.

Costs

All Blue to Green activities are completely free. However, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to the activity meeting points. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund bus and taxi fares, or offer compensation for petrol.

How to apply

Use the referral form below to register your interest.  If you’d like, you can ask a support worker, health professional, or doctor to complete the form on your behalf.

Alternatively, download the form as a Word document and send it to info@city-arts.org.uk.

Once we have received your application, we will contact you and let you know what activities are available.