Community spaces and wellness

We believe there’s a strong relationship between feeling good, being healthy and enjoying ecologically rich environments and the great outdoors. And now research is proving that to be true, with the Government and other organisations promoting exercise in the environment as being key to a healthy lifestyle and the wellness of individuals and communities.

Our passion for health, exercise and the outdoors complements our love of ecology, landscapes and adventure.

Why us? We provide a unique combination of in-house wellbeing and wellness specialists that provide group coaching on how to improve their wellbeing as well as working with our experienced landscape architects to design and create inspiring bespoke outdoor areas for exercising, training or relaxing.  We call this service ‘Wildfit’!

Happy, healthy employees can drive business productivity, make workplace environments come alive and engender a dedicated, motivated and engaged team. Our wellness coaching days are filled with fun, interesting and motivated sessions for mental and physical wellbeing that will leave your team feeling invigorated, inspired and energised. Led by our experienced health and fitness professional, activities will be both classroom and outdoor based, making the most of some of our beautiful countryside. We also provide opportunities for learning conservation and bushcraft skills to support mental and physical health and team building. Our fitness professional, Phil Walker can also deliver bespoke exercise sessions that will leave you feeling motivated, invigorated, inspired and happy.

Our team designs and installs sustainable outdoor fitness trails and equipment within existing or designed healthy and biodiverse environments. Where our Wildfit team is unique and what separates us from others is our wealth of in house environmental, sports science and installation/landscaping skills. We design your project to achieve multiple positive results for the mind, body and the environment. It’s not simply a case of installing pieces of kit into a field or park, we structure trails and select pieces of kit that will help to attain optimal results that best reflect your thoughts and ideas and our expertise. Having our own in house landscape designers, ecologists and contractors makes it that much easier and helps to keep your project as simplified as possible.

What makes a Wildfit outdoor gym or trail different is that we use both the existing and environment to provide the basis of the fitness and wellbeing experience (e.g. slopes, woodland, long grass, beach/sand, trails, streams, ponds) and create new planted landscapes (e.g. mounds, hills etc) that are challenging and rewarding.

We can provide signage and instructions on how to use the trails and equipment together with more sophisticated features using QR codes and near field technology for use with smartphones. Our fitness professional provides detailed instructions and programmes and can run induction courses for new users and other personal trainers as part of a fully comprehensive package.

We offer the design and installation of safe, inspiring and accessible wellness spaces. Aimed at providing respite and mental health recovery at schools, hospitals, workplaces and in parks and at other community facilities, these bespoke spaces create a sense of calm, bring the senses alive and allow a range of complementary therapies, individual and group activities to be delivered.

Our designs include specifications from health practitioners, and benefits provided by natural lighting, carefully selected sensory planting and materials and consideration of the needs of the individual. Once approved, our installation team take over and complete the project to your full satisfaction.


Being outside is the best therapy to an array of 21st century diseases and illness. Research and real life case studies demonstrate there is a strong relationship between community physical and mental wellness, feeling good, social cohesion and well designed and ecologically rich open spaces. The Wildfit team produces detailed strategies and designs effective, beneficial community spaces. That process normally starts with community consultation and a review of what facilities are already provided and used. It moves through design and planning to the final project implementation.

Our outdoor spaces include pocket parks, outdoor exercise areas, paths and trails within high quality landscapes that support an array of wildlife. These areas can also be designed to include community engagement projects to ensure your local users get the maximum possible benefit.

Johns Associates is a member of UKActive and is a registered practice with the Landscape Institute. Our work is carried out in accordance with the professional codes of practice associated with these organisations.

We have a light environmental footprint but a big result. Our trails and wellness programmes are set in stimulating natural or created landscapes and the equipment we use is sustainable and suited to your budget. The trails can be designed and installed in small or large areas and are equally ideal for sports clubs and training areas, schools, parks, other public spaces, hospitals and corporate HQs.

Sector and client examples include:

  • NHS
  • Hart District Council
  • Wide Horizons Trust
  • Ralph Allen School

  • Winsley School
  • Keltbray Plc
  • Trowbridge Town Council
  • Corsham Town Council

Trail design

  • Qualified sport, fitness and wellness specialist involvement from the start
  • Designed and specification by Chartered landscape architects
  • Bespoke design to suit demographics, specific and broad objectives and user needs
  • Sustainable, durable materials specification
  • Low impact installation
Specified workout stations
  • Running/walking trail
  • Work out stations
  • Freestyle exercise areas
  • Resistance training
  • Dynamic stretch
  • Balance and coordination
  • Abdominal exercise and stretch
  • Parcour
  • Relaxation and warm-down
  • Other outdoor sports and community activities
Environmental engagement
  • Ecological enrichment through design
  • Environmental education opportunities
  • Multipurpose – fitness, wellness, training, forest school, bushcraft, outdoor classroom

Flexible trail deployment / funding support

  • Designed to allow additional features as funding is secured
  • Planned expansion in line with budget release
  • Support with sourcing funding for local authorities, schools and not for profit organisations
Wellness support
  • Group wellness assessment
  • Wellness programme planning and delivery
  • Fitness programme planning and delivery
  • Long term user engagement programmes
  • Broad spectrum fitness and wellness opportunities
  • Induction training for PTs and users
Specified activities
  • General public
  • Sports clubs
  • Community groups
  • School / child centred activities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Corporate team-building


We’d love to talk to you about how we can help with your project.  Why not get in touch?