Wellbeing


Supporting improved wellbeing for communities through connection with nature.


Improving wellbeing through nature

Participating in landcare activities can improve individuals’ social connections, mental health, wellbeing and recovery.
Landcare volunteers experience a sense of revitalising community and purpose. Landcare ACT supports the delivery of various programs which contribute to improved wellbeing outcomes for communities and landcarers. 

Recovery and Wellbeing through nature

 Growing international experience and research show that active participation in nature-based activities is clearly associated with reduced prevalence of depression, anxiety and other health problems.

As part of the Healthy Canberra Grants Program, Landcare ACT will be facilitating a range of nature-based activities designed to improve mental health, social connectedness and overall quality of life among Canberrans.

 This program is supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.


Spiritual Connection

For Aboriginal people, the connection with the land is difficult to put into words. Getting out onto country is a healing process both physically and mentally…Caring for country is more than natural resource management and participating in Landcare activities. It is a spiritual reconnection and revitalisation which is vital for our wellbeing,” said Wally Bell, Ngunawal Elder and Board Member, Landcare ACT.

Spiritual Connection

For Aboriginal people, the connection with the land is difficult to put into words. Getting out onto country is a healing process both physically and mentally…Caring for country is more than natural resource management and participating in Landcare activities. It is a spiritual reconnection and revitalisation which is vital for our wellbeing,” said Wally Bell, Ngunawal Elder and Board Member, Landcare ACT.

Wellbeing through Nature

 The Wellbeing through Nature program taps into the transformative and healing potential of nature. Aspects of the program include:
Walks in Nature

That focus on appreciation of beauty and diversity whilst exploring mindfulness activities in restorative surroundings.

Conservation activities

Participants will work alongside existing Landcare groups to conserve, restore and protect nature. This may include plantings, monitoring waterways etc. Caring for nature is also an act of self-care. 

Therapeutic Horticulture

Partaking in gardening activities and working with plants on a more personal level to support wellbeing. 

Programs are open to all Canberrans and will be offered free of charge or at a low cost. Specialised programs will be developed to engage participants of diverse ages and backgrounds (including youth and older persons).

Visit the calendar for details on events and activities.

Wellbeing Calendar

Improving wellbeing

Landcare is more than just caring for the environment. It is about improving the wellbeing of Canberrans. I can't emphasise enough on the importance of Landcare, especially for the culturally and linguistically diverse community,” said Rajvir Kaur, Landcare volunteer – North Belconnen.

Improving wellbeing

Landcare is more than just caring for the environment. It is about improving the wellbeing of Canberrans. I can't emphasise enough on the importance of Landcare, especially for the culturally and linguistically diverse community,” said Rajvir Kaur, Landcare volunteer – North Belconnen.

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