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Red Rose Forest

Red Rose Forest is an environmental regeneration organisation working across Greater Manchester. By working with local communities and in partnership with other organisations we aim to make sure the places where people live and work are as green as possible.

10 March 2015
North West
Arts, Health, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Other, Recreation, Schools
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Wigan Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Red Rose Forest is developing a new strand of work, the Dementia Friendly Forest, i.e. vibrant and green neighbourhoods within the urban environment that support people with dementia, their families and carers. We strongly advocate the need for quality green-space within the urban setting for the positive impacts it brings to individuals and communities, for recreation and social cohesion as well as physical activity and mental health and wellbeing. We want to create enabling environments for people with dementia so that they can access all of the benefits that the natural environment has to offer. We want to bring our expertise in greening and track record in access initiatives (we set up the very first health walks!) to the table of experts in dementia as well as those living with dementia. Our vision for the Dementia Friendly (urban) Forest includes: - Green, intelligently designed, dementia friendly public places and spaces - e.g. townscape; street scene; housing estates and developments etc - Accessible dementia friendly parks and informal greenspace - Accessible dementia friendly woodlands - Outdoor activities and events designed for people with dementia, e.g. walks, picnics, practical volunteering - Accessible information available about where to find the above - Bringing the natural environment indoors for therapeutic/sessional work, e.g. woodland themed reminiscence 'Memory Boxes' - Extending our Forest Network Training Programme to include training in dementia awareness and greenspace enabling environments for greenspace, education and health professionals Like all of our work, we will do this in partnership with communities and other organisations. Red Rose Forest staff member, Jessica Thompson, Community Liaison Manager, is currently undertaking MSc Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment at Salford University. She hopes to develop knoweledge and skills in the field of dementia as well as make new contacts for future partnerships to help deliver the Dementia Friendly Forest. We have a brand new project, 'Heritage Trees' funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund that will enable us to pilot some of the work to develop the Dementia Friendly Forest.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

This is a brand new area of work for us. We need: - Links to organisations who are experts in this field that we can work with and learn from - Links to people with dementia, their families and carers - Staff training in dementia awareness and creating dementia friendly places - Guideline and toolkits to create better designed outdoor places - Funding - we are keen to work with partners and look at ways to fundraise through grants

Member contacts


Member website


2. Actions

  • Engage people with dementia as part of our HLF funded Heritage Trees project

    Our ambitious Heritage Trees Project aims to create the first comprehensive, interactive record of Greater Manchester’s social, cultural and environmental history, told by its trees.  We will be gathering memories, stories and photos of trees, woodlands, orchards and hedgerows around the region. This will start to build a picture of our most socially and culturally significant trees. Our target audiences for this project are older people and people with dementia.


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    This project has just started.  We are currently recruiting staff to help with the delivery.

  • Dementia Friends sessions

    Encourage all staff and those of partner organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions

    Being implemented
  • Staff training on dementia awareness and creating enabling environments


    Red Rose Forest staff member, Jessica Thompson, Community Liaison Manager, is currently undertaking MSc Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment at Salford University.  She hopes to develop knoweledge and skills in the field of dementia as well as make new contacts for future partnerships to help deliver the Dementia Friendly Forest.


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    MSc Dementia and the Enabling Environment - course began 04/02/15

  • Wider team training in dementia and the enabling environment

    Training needed so that the wider team at Red Rose Forest can integrate and implement dementia friendly work practices.

  • Create accessible dementia friendly walking trails and walking events

    Using best-practice guidelines create 3 dementia friendly walking trails across Greater Manchester.  Work with partners to look at setting up/facilitating guided walks 

  • Work with museums to create Heritage Tree themed memory boxes for reminiscence engagement work

    As part of the Heritage Trees project, work with Salford and Rochdale museums to create woodland themed memory boxes for therapeutic purposes.

  • Fundraise - grants - to deliver the Dementia Friendly Forest

    We are looking for potential partners to help identify and develop bids to deliver projects on the ground.