The Hut of Wellbeing

by Reforesting Scotland in Falkland, Scotland, United Kingdom

£15,768

raised so far

+ est. £3123.25 Gift Aid

180

supporters

The stress of illness or caring can be helped by time off in nature. We want to build a small woodland hut that will provide this.

by Reforesting Scotland in Falkland, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th November 2021 we'd raised £15,073 with 169 supporters in 65 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

Sixty thousand pounds would allow us to build the hut and run it for several years, greatly reducing our dependence on match funding from trusts and donations from users, securing the future of the project through its early years.


For people dealing with serious, chronic or terminal illnesses, contact with nature has many benefits, promoting healing and reducing pain and stress. Caring for people in such situations is also stressful, and many carers need a relaxing break every now and again.

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.

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

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£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

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.

£180 or more

Stay at Equine Unlimited, Dunkeld

A 2 day, 1 person stay, with your horse, at Equine Unlimited near Dunkeld. Stay overnight in one of our quirky glamping pod/huts with your horse in a field beside you. Included is one day's use of the arena and La Trec course, one day accompanied ride into the local hills. Equine Unlimited is a unique equine facility using only positive reinforcement training techniques and promotes bitless and barefoot riding. Find us on Facebook.

£200 or more

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

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

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

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

£60 or more

Experience hutting life in a forest near Ullapool

Experience low impact forest living for yourself, with a stay at the West Edge, a working family forest / forest garden near Ullapool. You will stay in a hut or yurt and experience daily life in the forest in exchange for some help with woodland jobs. Dates and details to be arranged with the host. www.facebook.com/West-Edge-104826381221859

£100 or more

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.

£120 or more

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

£150 or more

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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