Hello and welcome to Haven 4 Wildlife!
My name is Jo and I'm passionate about how nature benefits our health and wellbeing and how in return we can benefit wildlife through gardening with wildlife in mind.
I have over thirteen years experience working for a wildlife trust, starting as a compost officer (yes, really) and becoming the Nature and Wellbeing Manager, overseeing a range of projects that recognised our innate need to interact with nature and how it benefits our health and wellbeing.
I have worked with people of all ages, from pre school children to the elderly, to show them the natural world around them and encourage them to do their bit to help wildlife survive through a number of wildlife gardening projects. By creating a safe, non judgemental working space and a mix of practical activities to suit the attendee's interests and strengths I have helped young people suffering with social anxiety and isolation and people living with chronic conditions such as dementia. This has only been possible by building long term working relationships with youth support referral agencies, statutory bodies and community support groups. For case study examples, please click here
I am a Mental Health First Aider, Outdoor First Aider and am currently studying Counselling.
I can offer:
Nature 4 Wellbeing - for groups, organisations, care homes, housing associations or anyone wanting to use nature based activities to improve the health and wellbeing of their clients/residents while improving their grounds/green spaces for wildlife
For Gardeners who Care - wildlife gardening advice for individuals, companies, statutory organisations who want to help wildlife in their own gardens and green spaces; bespoke advice and grading of wildlife friendliness of a garden. ***** COMING SOON *****- Online Wildlife Gardening Courses
Talks on a range of subjects such as pollinators, composting, wildlife friendly features. Currently on Zoom - for groups such as WIs and Gardening Clubs
If you'd like to know more, please get in touch