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16/01/23

What is Walking for Wellbeing all about?

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Did you know that walking in Parks and Open Spaces has numerous health and wellbeing benefits?

Being physically active is good for both mental and physical health, so walking is a great way to get outdoors and get active. Walking is simple, free and by joining in on a walk with the Nottingham Green Guardians you can socialise as well as explore our parks and open spaces whilst immersing yourself in nature.

“The walks are manageable, which is helpful for Jim who has COPD, and gets him out of the armchair. Jim is also visually impaired, so walking in woodlands and nature is so pleasant for listening to the birds, and brings him back to boyhood, the days when he would carry around pocketbooks of birds and fish. I particularly like being out in nature, it’s ‘freedom’, love that we get some local historical and wildlife information, not only from the ranger, but members of the group. We get to see parts of the city we’ve never been to despite living in Nottingham forever, it’s wonderful.” Yvonne (and Jim), wildlife walk attendees at Bulwell Hall Park

Our Wildlife Wellbeing Walks are led by our Park Rangers who will help you spot wildlife or changes to the landscape throughout the seasons. They are held twice monthly and roam around the City to different locations each month. They are short, friendly group walks that not only help you explore new areas with the comfort of a guide but can help you become and stay active as well as meet new people.

“The Ranger was really friendly, and I learnt loads, I particularly liked seeing my first Goldcrest” Jo, wildlife walk attendee at Highfields Park

The Nottingham Green Guardians also run seasonal walks such as celebrating Solstice, helping you look for and identify different Bats, help you to identify Fungi or learn about the different species of tree and their benefits to the environment.

“On the walk around Colwick Park, using the equipment we were able to hear the sounds of different bats, I didn’t think I would be so interested until I did this walk and now can’t wait for the next one, hopefully we’ll hear some owls as well!” Phil, Bat Walk attendee at Colwick Country Park

If you want to join us on a walk then remember the right gear, you will want sturdy shoes and comfortable, but weather suitable clothing, light layers and waterproof jacket are a must in colder weather. If you are joining us for an evening walk or bat detecting then a torch is also useful.

“Who would have known that an urban woodland would have been so pretty and full of different Orchids. It was really nice to get outside in nature” Samara, wildlife walk attendee at Sellers Wood Nature Reserve

Walks are free for the general public but spaces are limited so remember to book your place via Eventbrite

Private tours of Parks, Nature Reserves and Open Spaces are available and charged at £25 per group. If your local group would like a private tour of a Nottingham Park, Nature Reserve or Open Space then please contact us at parks.volunteering@nottinghamcity.gov.uk . All profits are invested back into the Nottingham Green Guardians programme to support volunteers and future projects.

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