Charity Nairn Nature 4 Health urges people to connect with nature and each other for mutual well-being
Nairn-based small charity Nature 4 Health (N4H) has secured funding to launch exciting new nature-based sessions in and around the town – giving people a chance to connect with nature and each other others for mutual benefit.
Stephen Wiseman and Ruaraidh Milne founded the charity three years ago after working with the Scottish Waterways Trust (SWT).
“The goal was to continue to deliver some of the great community benefits we’ve been working on at SWT and bring them to a wider audience,” Stephen said.
“Over time, we realized the value of being outdoors.
“Childhood experiences and careers have allowed us to benefit from this connection and extensive research over many years has shown a multitude of positive outcomes for all.”
He said Nairn offered plenty of open space with a rich assortment of wildlife and wildlife.
“These activities are designed to feed off each other and should generate a wide range of interest from various individuals and groups in the community,” Stephen said.
Wellness nature walks have already been hugely successful in Inverness and Moray since 2012.
Stephen said N4H plans include 90 minutes of connecting with nature, an easy walk, and fire-brewed tea and snacks led by a fully trained guide.
“It will take place twice a month on Friday afternoons and will be offered free of charge,” he added. “It is for all members of the Nairn community to come and enjoy the feel-good aspects of connecting with nature and learning more about the amazing flora and fauna with which we share this area. ”
The first walk this Friday goes up along the river in Nairn, meet at Jubilee car park at 1.30pm. No need to book, just show up ready to hike!
Another initiative launched by Nature 4 Health is the Nairnshire Naturalists Club.
Created to promote the enjoyment, study and recording of wildlife in Nairnshire and beyond, the aim is to encourage a wider interest in natural history, including the conservation of wildlife, habitats and geological features.
This community club will initially aim to meet once a month throughout the year offering evening talks by guest speakers during the autumn/winter at the Nairn Community and Arts Center and hosting nature days in various habitats from Nairnshire in Spring/Summer to record and enjoy a wide range of wildlife.
The first meeting will take place in April.
Advance in the walking project