It is well known that being outside in nature is proven to reduce stress, instil a sense of calmness and is essential to our happiness and overall health and well-being.


Due to the current outbreak of Covid-19 most green health volunteering opportunities and outdoor activities have been cancelled.

However, getting outdoors and active has mental and physical health benefits, and we all still need exercise. Please see our 19 ideas to connect to nature during Covid-19 in the Resources section below . Find information on social distancing here

19th March 2020

Lanarkshire Green Health Partnership

We're often happier when we're outdoors, think back to your childhood when you climbed trees, built dens in the woods, went fishing in the local river and ran wild in open spaces! It doesn't need to end now that we are adults, so maybe we can't climb trees anymore or run as fast as we could but we  know that spending time in nature is good for the body and soul and there is good evidence to support this.

There are many ways to feel these benefits, including: walking, gardening, cycling, volunteering, outdoor learning and play as well as just enjoying being out in green spaces and nature!

This greenspace portal is to help make it easier to find out about green health opportunities across Lanarkshire and make more use of Scotland’s outdoors as Our Natural Health Service. The programme is supported by: Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Transport Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Leisure, South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, Paths for All, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

For more information on green health opportunities please contact the Green Health Partnership Manager:

You can find out about many organisations and activities, including green health such as walking, nature, conservation and gardening on the community locator tool.

North Lanarkshire Locator 

South Lanarkshire Locator

More information on local volunteering opportunities including outdoor activities is available here.

North Lanarkshire Volunteering Opportunities

South Lanarkshire Volunteering Opportunities

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