Dandelion Time

Nature Therapy for Vulnerable Children

The creation of Woodpeckers Woodland Dell; an independent, biodiverse therapeutic sanctuary so Dandelion Time can increase its capacity to run its highly effective nature-based therapeutic sessions for more children and families impacted by trauma and abuse whose needs now are greater than ever.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1136613)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Mental health difficulties for children are increasing and have deteriorated significantly because of Covid 19. 2.3 m children in England are at risk from living with vulnerable families. There has been a growing disconnect between children and nature which has been shown to be harmful to their development and wellbeing and children lack access to the help they desperately need to prevent permanent school exclusion, family breakdown or mental health challenges.


Our therapeutic approach has been built on the healing power of nature to bring about lasting change. Children and families work outdoors with wood, wool, clay and other natural materials. A nurturing sustainable environment and our experienced therapists allow children to overcome past trauma, build self-belief, strengthen relationships and develop the skills and aspirations for a brighter future,

  • When I first turned up I saw the guinea pigs and thought…yes….this is my place, this is my home. Stroking the donkeys made me feel calm. The best 10 weeks of my life was here at Dandelion Time.

    — Child

  • I love what Dandelion Time do… There are so many kids that need a break, and an escape from difficult lives.. and giving those children and their families a chance to heal with specialist support in a setting with animals, nature and healthy real food is vital work…

    — Supporter

  • Dandelion was incredible in both helping not only my daughter but myself in such a calm nurturing environment, where you can make and create, prepare food, Craft making, be free of all thoughts and concerns. A wonderous magical time at Dandelion to stop and breathe and be at one with yourself...

    — Parent

  • At Dandelion you’re not told what to do all the time…you’re always creating things.

    — Child