New research by The Wildlife Trust supports the idea that nature could be widely prescribed by doctors as a therapy, easing the burden on the NHS.
The physical and mental health benefits of gardening and working outdoors volunteering is something that Green Gyms have known about for many years. Penge Green Gym is now over six years old, but the Green Gym concept was the idea of Dr William Bird, and the first Green Gym was piloted in 1997 in Sonning Common.
Green Gym is a registered trade mark of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV.) Here is a list of other TCV Community Groups including Green Gyms. If there isn’t a Green Gym in your location, why not start your own?