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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Nurtured by nature

Humans need nature. We need it for the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink, the resources we use. We need it for our own health and wellbeing.

Many of us know that spending time in natural environments makes us feel better but there is also good science backing this up. From walking in woodland to gardening, spending time outdoors on a regular basis is time well spent.

Walking amongst trees can help lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress and even boost the immune system. Not only is the air likely to be less polluted, within a wood we’re also breathing in chemicals produced by the plants. Trees emit airborne chemicals called phytoncides to protect themselves against germs and insects. Breathing in these chemicals can boost natural killer immune cells that help fight infection.

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