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Nature-based activities and ideas

GreenSpace is the Green Social Prescribing Programme for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and is all about improving people's mental health.

Green social prescribing is where GPs and other primary care professionals refer people to local, non-clinical nature-based activities to improve their physical and mental health. Typically, this is done through a link worker who will connect people with local charities, services and community groups for practical and emotional support.

There are also nature-based activities you can get involved in, without any referral, to support your health and wellbeing.

One of the many things the pandemic has taught us is that we feel better when we can get outside and be in nature. Being more connected to nature and, through this, connecting with other people can be really good for our mental health and wellbeing, helping us experience lower levels of stress, fatigue and anxiety, among lots of other benefits.

Being outside enjoying nature or taking part in nature-based activities might mean:

  • joining a wellness walk along the Nottingham and Beeston Canal;
  • growing vegetables in a community garden; or
  • taking a moment to listen to the birds and enjoy some quiet time in one of Nottingham’s lovely local parks.

 

To get started check out some of the green spaces and activities below where you can get outside and enjoy being more connected to nature. All links take you to external websites.
 

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Get your kids closer to nature with these ideas from the National Trust. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art. Many can be done at home and in your garden.
 

Canal & River Trust

Our canals and rivers are the perfect place to boost your mood and improve your mental health providing spaces to relax, recharge, or get your body moving.
 

Nottingham Parks and Open Spaces

Find your local park, information on allotments and gardening areas, park activities such as tree trails, walks, nature and wildlife.
 

Grow Outside

A free online programme to encourage you to access green-spaces and learn to grow plants, especially food, whilst experiencing the health benefits of being in nature.
 

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Local volunteer-led groups with activities ranging from organising walks, talks and practical work on nature reserves.
 

Wildlife in the City

Discover more about the urban wildlife all around you in Nottingham and find out about your local parks and nature reserves.
 

RideWise

Supporting all green forms of transport with guided rides, cycle training and walking information.
 

Forestry England

Try the ancient Japanese process of relaxation called 'forest bathing' (virtually) with Forestry England.
 

Nottinghamshire Green Spaces

Some information on the best green spaces Nottinghamshire has to offer and Ordnance Survey Explorer maps to find your way around.
 

My Sight Notts

Regular walks and rambles with sighted guides for visually impaired people.
 

Best Foot Forward with Age UK Notts

Free guided health walks in open spaces around Nottingham, run by volunteers and supported by Age UK Notts.
 

Lakeside Arts: Highfields Park audio art trail

Explore the University of Nottingham campus of Highfields Park. This original audio experience invites you to walk around the lake and sit at four dedicated benches where you can listen to each track for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and take in the view.