Letting nature into our lives brings an array of benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Whether it is a walk in a local wild place, time spent gardening, painting, drawing or photographing nature, these activities are known to bring relaxation and help lift our mood when we are down and help maintain good spirits generally.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust has run projects for many years to give people opportunities to grow their relationship with nature and to find out how it can nourish their mental health.
Feed the Birds reaches isolated members of the community, including the elderly and those suffering from poor mental health. Long before Covid 19 came along, an epidemic of loneliness was recognised in society, with 9 million likely to be suffering from social isolation. Find out more about the project here.
Work well with Nature tackles workplaces stress for employees in local businesses.
Its sister project, Live Well with Nature, supported individuals suffering poor mental health. Since the programme’s demise, these individuals have little available to keep them active and involved in their local communities resulting in poor mental health and pressure on existing services
The garden at The Cut Visitor Centre is tended by a group of volunteers, including a number of individuals who are unable to work due to an ongoing health condition. These weekly gardening sessions give participants real purpose in their lives and offer them the chance to learn new skills, make friends and enjoy the chance to watch nature thriving under their care.
Weekly nature reserve work parties are open to anyone but all our volunteers tell of the physical and mental health benefits of working outdoors with friendly and supportive colleagues.
Mental ill health affects all ages. It's estimated that 1 in 10 children and young people suffer. Our family activities are simple and fun so they can be continued at home. We also run outdoor events specifically aimed at young adults. However you're feeling, there's always room to improve your mental wellbeing with a little help from nature.
Take action for wildlife
With an estimated 24 million gardens in the UK, the way they are cared for can make a big difference to the natural world. Large or small, ledge or yard, your garden can be a mosaic in a wider network of natural havens linking urban green spaces with nature reserves and the countryside. Do your bit for wildlife and you'll feel the benefit too.