Nature4Health uses the power of nature to help people give their minds and bodies a boost.

It’s a three year project funded by The Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme to tackle health inequalities in targeted communities across The Mersey Forest.

The programme provides health-promoting, enjoyable group activities in a green, therapeutic environment.

Activities on offer include woodland walks, therapeutic gardening and practical conservation sessions to get the heart pumping, as well as the meditation technique of mindfulness in a natural setting. Sessions are targeted at both adults and children and designed to be welcoming to complete beginners.

There are also opportunities for people to get involved in learning the skills needed to help out with managing the sessions, boosting their experience for the job market.

The Mersey Forest is managing Nature4Health via the Community Forest Trust, working with a range of partners to run the activities. Both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University are studying the programme to see how it impacts on people’s health.