- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
Why not spend some time in our glorious woodland this mental health awareness week?
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Forestry Commission, set up to manage and protect the UK’s woodland. The Commission now looks after over 1,500 forests and has helped England’s forest cover double over the last century, a remarkable achievement.
Mental health awareness week is an important time for us to tackle the stigma which often surrounds mental health, and to find out what we can do to improve the health of ourselves and others.
Spending time in the outdoors, including forests, has been proven to improve our mental wellbeing. TV presenter Kate Humble is working with Forestry England this week to raise awareness of the benefits that spending time in our woodland can have.
Besides the psychological and physiological impact of simply spending time in woodland, forests also provide us with pleasant spaces away from polluted air and opportunities to socialise and exercise.