Tree-Planting and Yoga on Offer to Staff as Part of Wellbeing Programme

Our staff are being invited to plant a tree and join free weekly yoga classes as part of a campaign to create a healthy workplace environment.

The initiative also features mindfulness walks, mental health for men classes, menopause support, free breakfasts and the chance to pet sheepdogs, lambs and horses at our estate’s own farm.

Litter-picking, ‘FitBit’ challenges, picnics, barbecues, quizzes and sport are also on the agenda.

“As employers it is our responsibility to do all we can to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health and also to provide our staff with the tools to help them thrive in the workplace,” said Megan Carter, Head of HR at Blenheim Palace.

“Studies have shown this is not only beneficial to the individual but also to the business as a whole; with far fewer days lost to illness and absenteeism, lower staff turnover and higher productivity and job satisfaction.

“Yoga has long been proven to provide many mental and physical benefits, from increasing energy and reducing fatigue to improving concentration and focus.

“Simple things like petting an animal can lower your blood pressure, help you relax and cuts down on the levels of stress hormone within your body,” she added.

As part of our 10 Goals strategy, we are aiming to become one of the UK’s Top 100 employers through our staff support, training opportunities and wellbeing schemes.