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We are working with hard to reach groups across the Trent Valley Landscape to help reconnect them with nature. It is well documented that this type of connection has a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing. A number of individuals each year will be connected to their local and wider landscapes through our close working with community providers. Participants will begin to understand the river, wetlands and heritage of the area through a programme using ‘forest school’ type methods, including community gardening, guided walks and bushcraft activities.
A key legacy for this project will be to link participating groups with partnership organisations who have historically not engaged with hard to reach groups.
By evidencing the link between mental wellbeing and connecting to nature, other organisations, such as NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, may be inspired to prescribe nature based activities for adults.
The BBC have launched their own Soundscapes mixer, giving you the opportunity to create the perfect relaxing track – just for you.
It is proven that time in nature can improve your mental health, so why not try creating your own mix from over 33,000 sounds from around the world, 17,000 of those from nature itself. Once you’ve finished you can download the file to play when you need a little time to unwind.
Simon LoweTransforming Lives Officer Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Join Nicola as she explains ways to practise kindness to yourself, others and the environment on this, the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.
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