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Wood works wonders for health and wellbeing

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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IT WAS saws, chisels and lots of wood at the ready as people got to grips with the great outdoors at Alyn Waters Country Park.

Visitors were able to take part in creative woodwork, such as making swords and bird feeders, fire lighting, outdoor cooking and outdoor exercise at a new project aimed at improving health by connecting with nature.

The idea of the project, run by the Actif Woods group, is to encourage people who have a range of health issues to use the woodlands of Wrexham in new ways to help improve their wellbeing.

The Mayor of Wrexham, I. David Bithell, was at the launch day yesterday - and even had a go at lighting a camp fire wearing his mayoral chains.

He said: “It was a marvellous day.

“Enjoying the natural environment gives people a really healthy outlook.

“It was great to see successful projects like that here for the people of Wrexham.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to thank everyone who came and helped with the day.”

The sessions are tailored for people with a variety of chronic health conditions such as depression, recovery from cancer and heart problems.

The Actif Woods Wales programme is run by Coed Lleol, a project of Small Woods, funded by Natural Resources Wales and The Big Lottery Fund.

Amie Andrews, the national project co-ordinator, said: “This project has shown that walking or being active in woodlands really can improve health and reduce stress at the same time as building interests, developing skills and having lots of fun.”

For details on more free activity programmes email jocooper@smallwoods.org.uk or call 01654 700061.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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