Virtual Walks in the Park

Virtual Walks in the Park

Virtual Walks in the Park!

Have you been feeling isolated, lonely or frustrated that you are currently cut off from the natural world?

Join a new, VIRTUAL, friendly group set in our local Country Parks.

Here at Northamptonshire Country Parks we are very aware of how lucky we are to be able to be out and about in the fresh air exploring nature and experiencing all the activity that goes on in our local Country Parks. We understand the benefit of being exposed to nature and the outdoors on both our general health and our mental well-being.

We are very keen to share our outdoor experiences with those of you that live locally but currently find you are not physically able to get outdoors to explore the parks in person. Whether that be due to health issues or other restrictions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Via the magic of modern technology, we would like to invite you to join a new NATURAL MINDS virtual social group. These groups will be very informal with plenty of opportunity for interactive chat and questions. Each session will include a demonstration of some sort of nature based activity, some of these you may be able to try yourself at home. In the first session we will be exploring the humble nettle, demonstrating how to make nettle cord and nettle tea. During the sessions we will also bring you news of anything exciting that's been happening in the parks – perhaps a sighting of an unusual animal or show you what the rangers have been up to! The session is interactive and we would love to hear about your own nature experiences and we will be responding to your nature questions as we go along.

If you are interested in giving your mental health a boost and virtually joining with other likeminded people then please email Steve for more information on stjackson@northamptonshire.gov.uk

We would like to keep these groups small, informal and for people feeling socially isolated living locally to Northamptonshire, so please do check you fit the criteria before contacting us.

NATURAL MINDS SESSION THEMES:

Friday 3rd July, 10.30am – Be nice to Nettles: discovering more about this stingy weed and demonstrating how to make nettle cord.

Tuesday 28th July, 10.30am – Bish, Bash Bosh: getting creative using natural materials and a very therapeutic technique called HapaZome (please note, no actual creative talent required!)

Friday 21st August, 10.30am – Alder Elder: finding out more about these native trees and learning how to make jewellery, whistles and other items from this natural material.

Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:07 by Parish Office

Tags: Health & Wellbeing, News Items