*** POSTPONED*** Green Gym: Wasdale

12th January 2021


January 2021: Due to the fresh lockdown, our Green Gyms have been postponed. They will run later in the year, when restrictions permit. To receive updates by email, please contact esther@westcumbriariverstrust.org


Green Gyms are outdoor days or courses designed to be beneficial to both physical and mental health. 

Activities vary, but will always involve time outdoors, helping with conservation work, learning new things, and getting to know other people in the group. There’ll be some physical work, but it won’t feel like a gym workout! We aim to make it relaxed and enjoyable, with a focus on improving individual wellbeing and benefiting the environment.

What’s involved?

The course runs for five weeks (1 day per week).

The days will take place in Wasdale, at a site where West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the National Trust are already doing lots of conservation work.

We’ll provide minibus transport from Whitehaven to Wasdale (more details below), but you’re welcome to make your own way to Wasdale if you prefer. 

Ideally we’re looking for people who can attend all five days. If you’re not sure whether you’d like to attend all five, have a chat with link workers, or with Esther on esther@westcumbriariverstrust.org - or come along for the first day and see how you feel!

We’ll start by doing some tree planting in a field adjacent to the River Irt. After a few weeks, we’ll move on to some other conservation  activities around the site. This could involve hedge-laying, footpath surveys, tree maintenance, etc…. There are lots of options and we’ll see what’s best for you and the area at the time.

There’ll also be options to do other activities such as nature walks, Kelly Kettle fires and bushcraft.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is for adults who would like to spend some time outdoors doing conservation and nature-based activities. 

We welcome people who feel they need some more physical activity, who are struggling with mild anxiety, mild depression, loneliness or isolation issues, or would simply like some regular days outdoors to look forward to.

The days will involve some manual work (for example, using a spade to dig holes for tree saplings, kneeling on the ground, carrying some equipment, walking through fields and woodland), but the loads can be shared and we will aim to help anyone that may not be able to do as much physical work as others.

What you need to bring 

These days will be outdoors during the winter. We will be moving around which will keep us warm, but the weather is likely to be cold or wet at times, and the ground will be muddy.

Please bring: 

Wear old clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty, or have a look in charity shops.

We provide tools and work gloves, but please do bring your own work/gardening gloves if you own some.


There are toilet facilities on site, and an indoor space that can be used to sit in or eat in if needed. 

Please note there is no mobile phone signal at the site. 

Timings and where to meet 

Meet at 9.15am at:

Copeland Council Sports Centre Parking
Castle Meadows
CA28 7RG

You’ll be taken by minibus to the site. 

We aim to be back in Whitehaven at approximately 4pm

Group size

The maximum group size is 6. 

How to book

Places must be booked in advance: 

You can also sign up through a link worker or by calling Esther at West Cumbria Rivers Trust on 07999 366034. You’ll need to give your name, contact details, and any relevant medical information that will help us to look after your safety each day.

Once you have signed up, Esther will get in touch to let you know that we are expecting you and answer any questions. She’ll also send you a message the week before to check you know where to meet us and what kit to bring etc. 

If you can no longer attend, please contact Esther to cancel your place on esther@westcumbriariverstrust.org, so that we can offer your place to someone else. 

Covid-19 requirements 

Government guidelines change regularly at the moment, which makes it very hard to plan ahead! We will be doing everything we can to help these courses run, but if there are further lockdowns or tighter restrictions then we may have to cancel days at the last minute. If this is the case, then WCRT staff will contact you as soon as possible to let you know.

We’ll chat through managing Covid risks on the day, but here is a brief summary:

If you display virus symptoms during the 14 days prior to the event you will be unable to attend.