ENLIVEN – University of Exeter University of Exeter

Our projects


The ENLIVEN small grants scheme has awarded funding to 11 businesses and organisations who provide access to nature-based outdoor activity. The research team and advisory group have worked closely with these partners to co-produce new initiatives:


Beamish, the Living Museum of the North

Framing it differently: Mindful Dementia Friendly Photography Walks, a 10 week programme supported by photographer Ian Beesley.


The Bishop’s Palace, Wells

Nature Connection Courses to facilitate new ways for people living with dementia and carers to connect with nature through the gardens at Bishop’s Palace.


Dartmoor National Park

Widening access to the Moor through a supported cycling initiative.


Dartmoor Active Leisure

Guided accessible cycling and social events.


Historic Royal Palaces – the Tower of London

Development of the moat as an accessible garden.


Kew Gardens, London

Using reminiscence practise as a tool for engaging people with dementia from BAME communities.


National Coal Mining Museum for England

Working with former miners living with dementia to develop a dementia friendly action plan for their site.


New Forest National Park, Hampshire

Targeted inclusive cycling, open top bus tours and targeted volunteering opportunities for people with dementia.


Seaton Tramway, Devon

Running a series of art and well-being workshops at the recently developed wetlands area.


Strawberry Hill House and Garden, Twickenham

Developing the ‘Feel Good Garden’ and creating an accessibility action plan for the whole site.


The British Bird of Prey Centre, Camarthenshire

Working with local groups to run a series of outreach events and visits to the centre for people living with dementia.

In addition, ENLIVEN have worked closely with the following organisations to support them in developing their sites and experiences for people living with dementia:

Devon Wildlife Trust

Exeter Cathedral

Stuart Line Cruises

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall



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