With many of us spending more time at home currently, daily fresh air is invaluable right now. Just remember to follow all the guidelines on social distancing whenever you venture out.
A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment states that ‘Spending time in the natural environment – as a resident or a visitor – improves our mental health and feelings of wellbeing. It can reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. It can help boost immune systems, encourage physical activity and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as asthma. It can combat loneliness and bind communities together’.
The 2018 B&NES Voicebox survey showed that 90% of respondents outlined that it was true or completely true of them that they believe the natural environment is important for their health and wellbeing.
The Parks Team within B&NES Council work extremely hard to create spaces for you to nurture personal connections, create special memories, and improve your wellbeing. To find out more information on the important work that the Parks Team do, please visit B&NES Council Parks and Green Spaces and spend some time looking at the wealth of parks there are available for you to use and explore.