Participants in a 12-week mental health and wellbeing programme held at Templeton Woods are celebrating success.
The group of eight attended an awards ceremony in Kings Cross Hospital after completing the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) Branching Out programme.
They were presented with certificates acknowledging their achievements and six of them also received the John Muir Discovery Award which encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.
Delivered by Dundee City Council countryside ranger service, Branching Out is an FCS award-winning adult mental health project which is designed to improve people’s confidence, mental wellbeing, and communication skills through a range of outdoor activities.
The programme reached its 10-year anniversary in May and is estimated to have helped more than 2,000 people across Scotland.
Led by qualified Branching Out leaders, participants benefit from the project’s clear routine, structure and non-clinical setting and enjoy three hours of woodland activities a week with each session adapted to meet the needs of each individual group.