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Wellbeing project encourages people to experience benefits of outdoors

Nature Walks for Wellbeing, funded by the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland, is a unique programme of green exercise, health walks and nature based therapy activities aimed at helping adults in Falkirk who are living with poor mental health, and may be experiencing exclusion and isolation. 

The two, 10 week-long pilot programmes, aim to improve community health and wellbeing through a vibrant range of activities including sensory explorations, mindful discovery, natural history learning and outdoor physical activity such as yoga. 

Using an innovative blend of physical, mindful and social activities, participants, who are referred onto the programme through the Woodlands Resource Centre in Falkirk Community Hospital, will also get to try new experiences and learn new skills. 

Led by NHS clinical staff and a Community Engagement Officer from Scottish Waterways Trust, Nature Walks for Wellbeing are being delivered in hour and a half long, weekly sessions which enhance mood and self esteem and provide a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, along with reducing social isolation. 

The programme builds upon Scottish Waterways Trust's Nature Walks for Wellbeing in the Highlands, which has successfully been helping people realise the benefits of the natural world to support mental health improvement since 2014. 

In total 30 people are set to benefit from the initial pilot programme in the Falkirk, Scottish Waterways Trust is fundraising to continue the project once the pilot programmes have ended. 

If you are a health practitioner and would like more information please contact Claire Martin, Community Engagement Officer at

For further information, please visit the Scottish Waterways Trust website

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