Isle of Wight Green Gym

Caring for our Island's countryside since 2003.

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Last updated 24/02/2015

Introducing Isle of Wight Green Gym

How it all started
In 1997 an Oxford GP, Dr William Bird, had the idea for an alternative to prescribing traditional exercise to patients. He suggested that volunteers could benefit both the countryside and also their own health and wellbeing by participating in environmental or conservation projects. The BTCV (now TCV) turned this concept into reality, with the first groups starting round the country about this time. Green Gyms are now a proven approach to creating healthier communities and a better environment. 

We are one of over 100 Green Gyms nationally - see the website of the Conservation Volunteers (TCV) for more information and to see if there is a Green Gym near you. Green Gym is a registered trade mark of the Conservation Volunteers.

The Isle of Wight group
Our group was launched in September 2003 and run initially as a project by the Footprint Trust. When the initial funding came to an end 18 months later, the group could have folded and closed; thankfully though a new chapter began. The volunteers came together and formed an independent and constituted community group, which to this day has been run by its committee of volunteers under a Licence Agreement with TCV. Our group is now one of the most popular of its type in the country.

To read more about what we do, please click on the links (left).

How we are funded
Since our formation we have relied on help from many quarters to survive - primarily from the sites we work with (generally charitable or parish bodies), but we always welcome donations from the public towards our overheads such as tools, fuel and insurance.

If you would like to contribute, either financially or by donating tools, please e-mail iwgreengym@gmail.com or call 07866 360230.