The Hut of Wellbeing

by Reforesting Scotland in Falkland, Scotland, United Kingdom

£1,345

 
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+ est. £258.75
£15,000 target 18 days left
8% 30 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 5th November 2021 at 11:52am

We aim to build a simple wooden hut in a woodland hutting community that can be used for short stays by people in need of respite.

by Reforesting Scotland in Falkland, Scotland, United Kingdom

Woodland huts are small, simple, low-impact buildings that allow people from stressful urban situations to have a connection to nature and the countryside without costing the earth. They are common in most Northern European countries but quite rare in Scotland for historical reasons.

Reforesting Scotland pioneered a recent change in planning law to make getting permission for and building a hut easier in Scotland. One of our members, who has cancer, had the vision of one of these huts that could be available for short stays for people in situations like his own. Contact with nature is good for both physical and mental health, but someone in poor health or a difficult situation cannot be expected to build a hut themselves.

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Local organisations supporting people suffering illness or other hardships, and their carers, will be able to refer them for a weekend or midweek stay. The Hut of Wellbeing will be built in an existing woodland hutting community in Fife. Being embedded in a supportive community will be an important part of looking after the hut and its users.

This project was conceived before coronavirus, but the pandemic has both made people more aware of the mental health benefits of access to nature and put pressure on Scotland's landscape and accommodation, so we believe that the need for the Hut of Wellbeing is more urgent now than even before.

Reforesting Scotland has already put in money to engage an architect and builders, to make sure that the hut gets planning permission and suits both the site and its users. A steering group of hut users and care organisations is working with us to make the project a reality. We now need to raise more funds to build the hut itself and then run and maintain it once it is built.

If we do not raise enough money to make the project viable and we are not able to get match funding from elsewhere, all money raised through the crowdfunder will be donated to the Maggies Centre in Kirkcaldy instead.

Please watch our video in which Reforesting Scotland member Tony Carter describes how he came up with the idea for the hut and Lesley Riddoch talks about the links between huts and wellbeing. You can find out more about the project on our website. We have some wonderful rewards available, donated by Scotland's hutting community in support of this project. All the offers of accommodation or events must be worked out with the person offering them, and bear in mind that not all dates will be possible for them. Contact us if you need any further details about any of the offers but remember that when they are gone they are gone!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

A Big Thank You

If you leave us an address we will send you a signed postcard thanking you for your support for the project.

£20 or more

Have your name in the Visitors Book

The hut will contain a Visitors Book for all visitors to leave memories in. We will write the names and, if you like, a short quote, of all who donate at this level at the start of the book. Can also be given as a gift for or in memory of someone else.

£20 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Scotland: A Rewilding Journey book

Receive a copy of the book, Scotland: A Rewilding Journey from Reforesting Scotland. Includes postage.

£100 or more

Be a super-supporter

Super-supporters will be listed as such in the Visitors Book.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stay in a Croft on Lewis, Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Two nights for one or two people on a working croft on Lewis, near Shawbost Beach. Depending on dates, extra nights and activities such as croft tours can be arranged with the owner. You will get the contact details of the owner for you to arrange dates suitable for you both. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/45250587

£200 or more

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Become a supporter, literally

Sponsor one of the hut supports and have your name inscribed on it. You will receive a certificate commemorating your donation, which can also be given as a gift for someone else.

£300 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Invitation to launch party

We will send you an invitation for two to a launch party in the wood in the summer of 2022. The exact date will depend on the speed of progress but we will give you lots of notice so that you can fit it into your diary.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Signed copy of 'A Food Forest in Your Garden' book

A copy of the book 'A Food Forest in Your Garden', signed by the author, Alan Carter. Ideal for hut gardens and home gardens.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Stay in a yurt in a forest near Ullapool

Two nights for two in a yurt in a working family forest / forest garden near Ullapool. You will be given the contact details of the provider to work out dates suitable for both of you. This is for basic camping: extras like meals, bedding and activities can be agreed with the provider for further donations. www.facebook.com/West-Edge-104826381221859

£100 or more

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Stay in a Hut in Fife

One or two nights in a woodland hut in a hut community near Falkland in Fife. Huts are simple, off-grid structures. These are family huts with room for four to sleep on bedrolls. You will be given the contact details of the owner to arrange a date that is suitable for both of you.

£150 or more

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Stay in a hut/bothy near Doune

Two nights in a beautiful off-grid family bothy/hut between Doune and Callander. Need a car for access or 7km walk from public transport (contact us for more details). With mezzanine double bed and double bed-settee, cot, wood stove (with fire guard), gas hob, solar panel, compost loo, fire pit and natural pool. Dogs welcome but must be on a lead due to sheep. Arrange dates with owners.

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