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Celebrating Our Forest Mindscape



MindSCAPE, provided by Artspace, seeks to help people living with dementia or in the early stages of memory loss to reconnect with the landscape through a wide variety of activities including arts, woodland and craft activities.

Online resources

In 2020 Artspace produced a brand new range of free video tutorials and step-by-step activities for adults, children and families to enjoy during lock-down and beyond.  Available to download from Artspace Cinderford  

The resource guides were originally developed to support activity co-ordinators and carers of people with dementia living in residential care, but the activities are fun for all the family!

Here is an activity guide for you to follow:



What has the project delivered?

This project adapted the existing mindSCAPE programme, which is aimed at people with dementia and their carers who are still living independently in the community, to include those living in residential care settings with dementia.  The aim was to share skills and build the confidence of carers to provide mindSCAPE activities for the person or people they care for.

Participants were able to reconnect with the landscape of the Forest through mindSCAPE activities and the gathering of stories and memories of life in the forest.

  • MindSCAPE worked in care homes in the Forest including with people who were born, or have lived/grown up in the Forest, to help them tell stories about the history/heritage of the Forest and past memories of the landscape.
  • The project produced online guide/resources for carers which provides information and guidance to support carers to reconnect the person they care for with the landscape. 
  • Provided a programme of activities that ‘reconnect to nature’.
  • Gathered the stories / memories of the landscape from participants.
  • Recorded and document stories/memories that are on the brink of being lost, some captured through artwork.
  • Exhibited the artwork created and stories/memories recorded, to share with the wider community. The exhibitions were held at Cinderford Artspace

Click here to find out more about the mindSCAPE project run by the Wye Valley AONB and Artspace. 

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