Activities for Naturally Healthy May 2021

During Naturally Healthy month we are encouraging you to get outside and connect with the natural environment. You will feel better for it.

• You can search for Naturally Healthy activities running during May on the Active Devon Activity Finder. This website provides a range of sports and activities across Devon and includes some tasters run specifically for Naturally Healthy May. Find Naturally Healthy activities using the key word search ‘Naturally Healthy’ and scroll down the search engine to select the Naturally Healthy campaign.

• There are some great ideas for self-guided walks, cycle or horse rides you can do by yourself or with your family on the Explore Devon website, which showcases some of Devon’s beautiful trails, landscapes and wildlife areas.

• During lockdown, a lot of us found an escape to nature was beneficial for our physical and mental health.  Mindfulness is an age-old practice of focusing on the moment, and mindfulness in nature can be very beneficial. The Woodland Trust and the National Trust, in partnership with Aquafolium, are developing a self-led mindfulness trail for Fingle Woods and a series of 8 videos guiding you through activities you can do on your next visit or whilst exploring your local greenspace. For a taster of why Forest Bathing and mindfulness are so important follow this link to a Facebook page with a few short mindfulness videos and be transported to Fingle Woods: https://www.facebook.com/watch/finglewoods/215717739863928/

• Visit Devon’s amazing protected landscapes. Devon is home to five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Parks, two World Heritage sites (including the UK’s only Natural WHS) and a Biosphere. They are fantastic places to connect with nature, enjoy a moment of tranquillity and find out about Devon’s wildlife.

We believe that being active and getting outdoors to connect with nature is more important that ever.  However, safety is paramount and it is crucial that everyone follows current government guidance when leaving home and accessing green spaces.