Nature and mental health

Man running in park

If the Covid 19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the life-affirming benefits of the natural environment. When it seemed as if the world was standing still, the continuing cycle of nature offered reassurance and hope.

We know through numerous studies that connecting with nature, whether it’s walking through woods or tending to a houseplant, can have a hugely positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Interacting with the natural environment can help keep us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy. It can improve mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and even boost confidence and self-esteem.

In this section:

  • Our guides to the glorious green spaces in the three boroughs BLG Mind operates in: Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich.
  • Explore the fascinating parks, woods and commons in our local area with our specially commissioned, 13-mile Three Broroughs Walk.
  • Get top tips on embracing the environment with nature and wellbeing sessions recorded by BLG Mind staff.
  • View our supporters’ photographs of local flora and fauna in our Nature Photography Celebration.
The transmitter in Bromley at sunrise

Green Bromley

From town centre parks to following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps through ancient woodland, London’s largest borough is also its greenest.

The view of London from One Tree Hill in Lewisham

Green Lewisham

Take on Lewisham’s Three Peaks Challenge, a five-mile loop taking in the heady delights of Hilly Fields, Blythe Hill Fields and the iconic One Tree Hill.

A kingfisher

Green Greenwich

From kingfishers by the Thames to red deer in Greenwich Park, the wildlife of the Royal Borough of Greenwich is every bit as special as its much-heralded history.

Bluebells in a wood

Watch: Mindfulness, Nature & Wellbeing

Let BLG Mind’s Libby guide you through gentle meditations designed to help connect to nature, while Gracie shares her tips for embedding nature into your daily life.

A fox having a scratch

Nature Photography Celebration

Celebrate the power of photography and the wonders of the natural world with these beautiful images of local flora and fauna submitted by our supporters.

Three Boroughs Walk

Highlights of this self-guided, 13-mile circular walk include the donkeys of Eltham Palace, a memorial to the instigator of British Summertime, and panoramic views of the City.