Lancashire Wildlife Trust's outdoor nature sessions for positive mental health set to return to Cleveleys

Lancashire Wildlife Trust's ecotherapy project Myplace hopes to return to Cleveleys next month, after running online sessions during lockdown to promote positive mental wellbeing in nature.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:30 pm

Myplace sessions, which are run in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Trust, had to move from the outdoors to the internet during the pandemic - but they continued to help people taking part fight loneliness, isolation and poor mental health.

By working with anyone feeling anxious or isolated, or with those with poor mental health, the project "uses the power of the natural world to boost positive wellbeing," the Wildlife Trust said.

From mid-April, thanks to the success of the vaccine rollout and the Government's roadmap out of lockdown, the service is planning a comeback to natural spaces in the North West, including community woodland The Towers in Cleveleys.

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The Towers woodland, off Holmfield Avenue and West Drive in Cleveleys. Photo: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Mike McDonnell, Wyre project officer at Myspace, said: "Spring is definitely upon us and this change in seasons really helps lift our mood. We can’t wait to quite literally get back to our roots and delivering sessions at Towers woods again, although online sessions will remain in place to compliment this outdoor offer.

"We believe nature is for all – it’s a brilliant way all people can help themselves to holistically thrive by connecting with nature and being part of nature's recovery, both at Towers wood and the wider coast and countryside across Wyre."

Myplace sessions are planned to help those involved achieve the "Five ways to wellbeing," which includes giving back, taking notice, being active, to keep learning and to connect to others.

Participants are encouraged to engage with activities, whether it be bushcraft, nature walks, mindfulness or practical conservation.

Gary Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council, added: " “We are pleased to support this community health and wellbeing project which connects people with nature on their doorstep.

"Wyre`s open spaces help to provide a green lung to all."

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