Connecting People and Nature this May

A new step forward for Walking for Health in Devonfamilies explore the Exe Estuary trail

Posted on: 3 May 2017

With iconic scenery, unrivalled moorland and seascapes and diverse wildlife, Devon’s residents already have access to some of the best natural environments in the country.

Throughout the month of May the Devon Local Nature Partnership will be celebrating Naturally Healthy Month by encouraging everyone to take a step outside and enjoy the scenery on their doorsteps.  To mark the month, they have put together a host of events for all ages to get involved in, and this year have chosen the theme #LetNatureNurture.

The Devon Local Nature Partnership is a partnership of over 30 organisations, many of whom are running special events to showcase the many and varied ways that people can get outdoors and have a go at an activity. Events range from evening canoe safaris and rainbow activity trails to gardening and dog walking. They are all seeking friendly, fun and informative ways of building people’s confidence to access the great outdoors and help them to find different ways to connect with nature.

“Naturally Healthy Month goes from strength to strength each year,” said Louise Evans from Active Devon, which is co-ordinating the month long campaign.  “The Nature Partnership is passionate about building people’s confidence to visit new places and try new activities. There are some great activities to try, from ‘What’s that Bird?’ and ‘Digging with Dogs’ to garden walks in Rosemoor for people with dementia, and carers.”

This year’s Naturally Healthy Month has a particular focus on the benefits of the great outdoors to people’s mental health and in combatting social and rural isolation.  To coincide with Mental Health Awareness week (7-14 May), the Devon Local Nature Partnership will be promoting groups and activities where people can meet new people, share stories and enjoy the scenery on their doorsteps, to boost their mental health and wellbeing.

Prizes will be on offer to organisations that make and share a short video about an event, or about the benefits of being outdoors and active in nature, and people and organisations will be encouraged to share their experiences and the places they love to go using social media @activedevon using #LetNatureNurture.

Naturally Healthy activities can be found on the website.

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