ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

COME BACK CALMER...

The Woodland Clinic owns and manages a wildlife corridor of approximately ten acres.

This rural jewel in an urban setting is certainly unique. It features Speedwell Wood, a mature Oak & Ash woodland with an undergrowth of Spindle, Holly, Hazel & Blackthorn which in the spring is covered with Snowdrops, Primroses, Bluebells & Campion.

A wildflower meadow was seeded in 2012 on an open area where the spoil from the excavation of the wildlife pond was spread. The pond is supplied by an adit from old Bideford Black Pigment mines which has remained flowing for more than thirty years. Adjacent to the meadow is a large Badger sett with over thirty entrances.

A small orchard has been planted featuring twelve Mazzard cherry trees (the North Devon variety that covered many hectares around Landkey in the 19th century).

An exciting recent project is the planting of a small arboretum featuring rare & unusual trees. The clinic has a strong environmental ethos being able to combine the preservation of green belt land with a secondary use as an outdoor gym. East the Water Junior School Wildlife Club visit the corridor on a regular basis for fun, adventure & outdoor education.

Following a clinic appointment, clients are encouraged to stroll or run! around the tranquil wildlife area. Outdoor activity reduces stress, improves mood & blood pressure, whilst increasing Vitamin D levels & improving memory.

The Woodland Clinic is closing down from July 2024.

An enormous thanks to all our supporters.