Make outdoors great again

The charities empowering us all to go wild.

Access to the outdoors can be more difficult for marginalised people. But some have stepped up to make sure everyone can reap the benefits of connecting with nature.

Last month the Woodland Trust urged doctors to prescribe forest bathing – the Japanese practice of taking contemplative walks through the woods – for conditions such as anxiety and depression.

In fact, researchers think making time to get outdoors could be essential to keeping healthy. Studies show outdoor time lowers blood pressure, improves short-term memory and helps the body fight off illnesses. A King’s College London study even found that hearing birdsong improves mental wellbeing.

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