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Green Spaces, Healthy Places

Spending time in nature is good for you. It is a fact.

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There is now a huge amount of research that demonstrates that being outdoors, connecting with nature helps to improve our mental and physical health and wellbeing. Don’t believe us? Have a look at this report by The Wildlife Trusts and the University of Essex. In an age where children and adults are becoming more sedentary and overweight and our mental health is increasingly challenged by the stresses and strains of modern life, we need nature and the benefits it provides more than ever. The best thing is, getting outdoors is free, and when you consider the financial costs that reduced health and wellbeing has on our health and social care system, using our natural health service is vital.

What’s more, you don’t have to live in the countryside to access nature and feel better, the parks, gardens, streams and even street trees in urban areas all play a major role in helping us to feel good on a daily basis, which is just as well as around 80% of the population live in towns and cities.

‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ is a new initiative, aimed at connecting people in Taunton to the green spaces on their doorstep and help to improve their health and wellbeing. Working with partners within the health and social care sector we will be providing opportunities for active participation in maintaining and improving some of our green spaces, making them better for wildlife and at the same time benefiting those involved and those that use these areas. We will also be running community events, wild walks, outdoor mindfulness sessions and a host of other activities - all designed to let nature nurture.

For more information on ‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ or to get involved please email


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Thank you to Viridor who have supported the project


Picture: Matthew Roberts