Well Being

Green prescriptions at Dartmoor Zoo

At Dartmoor Zoo we are strong believers in the beneficial effects that being outside can have on mental health and well-being, and we are keen to support people on their personal journeys, be it to recovery, back to work, or simply to just feel better than they used to.  In the UK 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems each year, so it’s more common than most people think.

We work with referrals from charities and organisations as well as individuals who would like to incorporate the outdoors into their recovery programmes.

Our Wellbeing Programme launched 19th May 2016 as part of an event to engage local organisations, charities and people who would potentially find this interesting.


The Dartmoor Zoo Wellbeing Programme includes:

– Zoo entry for groups. We can offer a reduced entry price for a group to come in and enjoy a day at the Zoo. Adults £7.50 and children £6. (Those off work and claiming benefits can come for free as part of a group booking from a charity/organisation.)


Be creative. Groups and mental health service providers can either request Wellbeing passes to share or refer individuals to be creative at the Zoo through art or photography as a way to support them on their journey.


Group Volunteering. One off group volunteering sessions available for up to 10 at a time. (Please note: this experience would not be representative of ongoing volunteering at the Zoo and if an individual is interested in volunteering we would advise them to go through the application process to ensure it really is right for them.)


If you are a Charity or Organisation interested in discussing how we can work together to support your clients or have a client you would like to refer please contact volunteer@dartmorzoo.co.uk or 01752 837 645.

Grow 4 Good South West

Grow 4 Good is a charity based at Dartmoor Zoo helping people through horticulture. They provide opportunities for people at risk of social exclusion to develop skills in organic gardening and nursery stock production, and to practice and engage in general gardening duties within the grounds of the Zoo itself. The project aims to improve participants’ personal, social and life skills, developing a sense of identity and self-worth by providing the opportunity to become part of a working team.

Contact Dave Sharp by email: dsharp.g4gsw@gmail.com or  phone: 07989 243 455.