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Green Therapy: How Connections with Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

Even the smallest pockets of nature, plants, and flowers can have a hugely positive impact on people's mental health and many studies have proven that regular interactions with nature can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improve mood and cognitive function. With all of these benefits, it is easy to understand the importance of incorporating nature into our daily lives. However, for some people, accessing nature may not be as simple as stepping outside their front door. This is where The Friendly Bench can help.

Beavers watering The Friendly Bench

At The Friendly Bench CIC we understand this, so that is why we create small pockets of green spaces in urban areas, making it easier for people to connect with nature and improve their mental health. By providing these welcoming and accessible sensory-planted social spaces in the heart of the community, The Friendly Bench is helping to bring the benefits of nature to those who may not have easy access to it otherwise.

Mix of groups meeting at The Friendly Bench

Our small green spaces not only benefit individuals but also contribute to community cohesion, civic pride, and social capital. By providing open and freely accessible communal areas, people can come together, socialize, and build stronger connections with one another, which leads to an overall improvement in the community's social interactions and well-being. The presence of The Friendly Bench fosters a sense of community belonging and pride, as people can take pleasure in having a shared space where they can come together and appreciate nature.

Flowers in full bloom in The Friendly Bench

If you're passionate about creating a welcoming outdoor social space in your community that promotes mental and physical wellbeing, builds connections, and enables people of all ages and abilities to enjoy nature, then The Friendly Bench Network is for you!

Enquire now to learn how you can become part of our community and make a positive impact on your local area. Together, we can create a more inclusive and connected society, one The Friendly BenchⓇ at a time.

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