Nature can be found all around us, from local parks and gardens, to lochs, forests and oceans. Aspects of modern life, however, mean that people are having less contact with nature. This is often due to increased time spent indoors on screens, and decreased outdoor recreation activities. It's also because the environments around us, like our schools or workplaces, don't tend to encourage contact with nature.
Research shows that having access to green spaces is linked to a reduced risk of mental health difficulties, improved mood and increased life-satisfaction. Being outside in nature has other benefits too, like improved concentration, reduced stress, increased physical activity and better overall health.
Our ‘Green Spaces of Greater Glasgow and Clyde’ resource highlights the local green spaces across the area, and provides tips and resources on boosting wellbeing by being out in nature.