Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is running a series of ‘health walks’ at its Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, and is inviting people who may not have experienced walking around a nature reserve before, to join. The first walk is 10am on Monday 24th April and will continue every Monday (except bank holiday’s) until October.
The walks, which are led by DWT’s Community Conservation Officer, Sam Dallimore, are 45 minutes long and designed to help local people improve their physical health and mental well-being.
Sam said, “There is lots of evidence to support the theory that being outside increases people’s sense of wellbeing, and walking is a good exercise for people who want to be more active but aren’t sure where to start. The health walks are great for people who are perhaps not so confident walking around a nature reserve on their own and it’s also a good opportunity to meet other people. This is a gentle stroll so you don’t need to be physically fit and you can borrow wellies and waterproofs for the walk. There will also be free tea/coffee for all participants in the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre afterwards.”
The health walks are part of partnership programme, ‘Natural Choices*’, which aims to encourage and enable people in Dorset to improve their physical and mental well-being in a friendly and supportive setting by taking part in activities such as wildlife gardening, nature walks and practical conservation activities.
No need to book. Meet at 10am at the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. £3 per person. There is a free car park and toilets in the centre.
Find out more about Natural Choices here: www.dorsetlnp.org.uk/Natural_Choices. To find out more about the health walks at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth, phone 01305 816546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.