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The Healing Power of Nature: Why Connecting with Others Outdoors is Vital for Our Well-being

Everyone, regardless of age or ability, can benefit from spending time outside in nature. The advantages can be even greater if we come together in our local neighbourhoods to connect with one another and enjoy nature at The Friendly Bench!

Young girls planting at The Friendly Bench Kiveton

Our emotional and physical health are known to improve when we are outside. It's a fantastic way to boost mood, lessen stress, and get some exercise. And when we do this together as a community, we can support and encourage each other to keep going and keep improving.


Activities involving nature can also give us a sense of accomplishment and purpose, both of which are crucial for our general wellbeing. This is especially true for those who might be experiencing mental health issues, a sense of loneliness or social isolation.


Group of people sitting and chatting at The Friendly Bench Burbage

But it's not just about the individual benefits. When we come together outside in our communities, we can build stronger connections with each other, whether it be in community gardens, parks, or locations like The Friendly Bench. In addition to feeling a sense of ownership and pride in our community, we can establish a sense of shared purpose and identity, which can promote better trust and mutual support.

Mum and child planting seeds at The Friendly Bench Ipswich

By spending time in nature together, we can improve our overall health and well-being, and this can benefit our entire community. We can become more engaged in our community, more likely to contribute to its growth and development, and we can enjoy coming together for community events and gatherings.


So let's get out there and enjoy all that nature has to offer, together!

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