Nature Project recognised for mental health benefits

Posted on - 17th March, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Preston News
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An innovative ecotherapy project that connects people has been having a major impact on those attending groups in Preston.


The sessions take place at Avenham Park on Wednesdays and Brockholes Nature Reserve on Mondays.

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The Myplace project has won the ‘Partnership in Innovation’ award at the recently held North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2020.

The Myplace project has been successfully delivered through a partnership between Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCft) and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire over the past three years, helping more than 1,200 people aged from 11 to over 50 years old.

Chair at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, David Eva, said: “Wildlife can have a dramatic impact on helping people with their mental health and this has been proven through the success of the Myplace project, which has been improving people’s wellbeing for more than three years.


“Becoming socially isolated is a huge issue in today’s society and being in nature can really help recovery, calming the mind and body. I’m delighted it has been recognised in this way and would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a huge success.”

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Nature Project Recognised for Mental Health Benefits

Chief Executive of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Anne Selby, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive such recognition for this fantastic project.

“We have worked tirelessly together with our NHS partners to make this a success since launching several years ago. Since then we have welcomed many individuals to the project.

“We know from feedback that this project is changing lives, and we want to see it not only continue, but to thrive across the North West and the model replicated across the UK.”

Myplace helps young people from the age of 11 who experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. By getting involved in outdoor activities, young people can reduce their stress levels, prevent mental health problems and improve their concentration and mood. 

Based across green spaces, Myplace encourages both young people and adults to reconnect to nature. Activities can include bush craft, foraging, fire and cooking, nature walks, mindfulness, growing food and cooking. People are able to choose their own tailored plan.

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What a great accomplishment to receive. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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