An innovative scheme to help people’s wellbeing by immersing in stunning landscape and history has been launched at Butser Ancient Farm near Petersfield.
Timescape will encourage people to take ‘time out’ and get involved in nature-based arts and crafts, as well as enjoy walking trails in the tranquil surrounds of the South Downs.
Locally the project will be based at Butser, while further afield Amberley Museum in West Sussex will also be involved.
Twelve sessions will take place at each venue and activities will include printing, pottery, carving, weaving and felting – all inspired by the incredible heritage of the locations.
The sessions, which are free, will run at Butser from July to September.
National Park health and wellbeing officer Kate Drake said: “These Timescape sessions are particularly tailored for people who may be experiencing issues such as stress, isolation, loneliness, anxiety or depression, and we hope to hear from people right across the region.
"These venues are both bursting with history, so it’s almost like stepping out of your busy life and being transported to another time when you visit them!”
The project is part of the National Park’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy that sets out a vision to improve both mental and physical health.
The plans include working with GPs, healthcare and community-based providers to deliver more opportunities for 'green social prescribing'.
A GP or social prescriber may refer a patient for non-clinical services that boost health, such as walking or cycling in the South Downs, becoming involved in arts-based activities or surveying wildlife.
Referrals from healthcare providers and their client groups are also welcome.