People Enjoying Nature is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues.

The People Enjoying Nature (PEN) project is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in different activities, as well as meet new people and find out about new places and sites.Autumn PEN Session Poster

This project involves the partnership of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Community Prevention and Engagement Team, who help advertise and register individuals onto the PEN sessions. This partnership benefits the project and has been key to its development and delivery so far.

Within a normal year of the Landscape Partnership, we will be delivering PEN sessions in 3 six week blocks from March to October, and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Each session includes minibus transport from 3 central pick up points to the session sites, and vice versa. All tools and resources are provided, and outdoor clothing is available to borrow at each session.

However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, spring and summer sessions have had to be cancelled.

Autumn 2020

Moving into autumn 2020 and we are happy to announce that PEN will be restarting!

Throughout October and November, we will be delivering guided walks every Monday afternoon from 2pm. These will rotate around different towns in East Lancashire and each will be between 1 and 2 hours long:

  • 5th October – Clitheroe
  • 12th October – Barrowford
  • 19th October – Colne
  • 26th October – Burnley
  • 2nd November – Nelson

From 1st October we will be delivering outdoor nature sessions, each Thursday. These will include:

  • Conservation and nature activities
  • Foraging
  • Creative workshops

Free transport available from central pick up locations (minibus service is Covid safe; face mask must be worn throughout journey; social distancing maintained; hand sanitiser used upon entry and exit of the bus).

Please note that these sessions will be delivered in small groups and booking is essential.

If you would like to find out more about the People Enjoying Nature project please get in touch.

Project Summary - August 2020

The People Enjoying Nature group have been enjoying lots of different activities over the past 12 months. Last spring we got involved with lambing, we learnt more about local archaeology in the summer and have been involved in practical conservation tasks throughout the year. Walking is a big part of PEN, and we have been exploring new routes, as well as revisiting some favourites!

We hope that individuals who join the PEN project learn new skills and more about local nature and environment. But most importantly we have lots of conversations, lots of smile and lots of laughter as we enjoy the wonderful Pendle Hill landscape.

The PEN project is delivered in partnership with Community Prevention and Engagement Team, which is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This partnership has resulted in a successful project, and we must thank Nick Alderson in particular for working with us on this.

PEN participants

PEN participants

Take a look at these short end of year reports for more information about the success of the project so far.

End of Year 1 Report

End of Year 2 Report


Contact: Community Engagement Officer – or call 01200 420420.