Recovery through Nature


Participants of Recovery through Nature achieved a 41% higher successful completion rate than the national average.


Opiate users achieved a 75% higher successful completion rate than the national average.


What is Recovery through Nature?

Recovery through Nature connects people using our services with nature to aid in their recovery. Participants work as a team on practical conservation projects in settings across England and Scotland. The Recovery through Nature programme is part of the Recovery through... series which includes Recovery through Sports and Recovery through Arts.


What challenge does it offer to the participants?

Recovery through Nature challenges participants in a number of unique ways. These include:

  • taking ownership of conservation activities

  • working in a natural environment

  • team-working in real life work situations


Who are our partners?

Our partners in England are: Natural England, London Wildlife Trust, The Mersey Forest, The Forest Commission, Wirral Park Rangers, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Our partners in Scotland are: RSPB Scotland, John Muir Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, North and South Lanarkshire Councils.


How does the activity support long term recovery?

Participants report:

  • improved mental and physical health

  • increased self-esteem and confidence

  • enhanced belief in their ability to change


Want to develop, create or fund an activity?

We work with a wide range of partner organisations, volunteers and funders. If you have an interest in any of these areas and would like to make a positive difference get in touch and let's see what we can do together.

Contact Jon Hall, Commissioning & Development Manager, at

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).