Let nature nurture you for the whole month of May

This May will once again be known as Naturally Healthy Month, as Active Devon and Public Health at Somerset County Council coordinate its Naturally Healthy Campaign on behalf of the Devon and Somerset Local Nature Partnership. 

Building on the success of Devon's previous campaigns, and with the help of Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset's Areas of Outstanding Nature Beauty, this will be Somerset's first year in the programme, and it is hoped that it will be as successful as it has been for Devon in previous years.

Throughout the month of May, the participating organisations will be offering a wide range of activities and chances to celebrate their local 'wild' outdoor spaces, landscapes and environments and improve their sense of health and wellbeing. There will be something for people of all ages and abilities; from nature art and outdoor volunteering, to wildlife and singing walks- with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals who are less physically active, suffer with mental health issues or who feel isolated.

South Somerset District Council will be delivering a number of activities in May as part of Naturally Healthy Month, including:

'Meadow Finds' Photo Walk

Sunday 7 May, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join local artist Carolyn Lefley for a gentle photo walk around the wildflower meadows at Ninesprings, Yeovil Country Park. Please bring your own camera or camera phone.

Booking required in advance - £7 adult, £2 child (visit www.southsomersetcoutryside.com to book).


Meadow Outdoor Exhibition- Free event

Sunday 7 May, 10.00am - 4.00pm

View the beautiful tapestry, bunting and photographs displayed outdoors in Yeovil Country Park, all created by last year by Artist in Residence Carolyn Lefley and local community groups.


Wonderful Woodlands- Free event

Saturday 20 May, 11.00am -3.00pm

Explore your local woodland at this free family day out. Investigate the wildlife of the woods, create your own woodland inspired artwork, try your hand at campfire cooking, hold an owl, have woodland adventures and find out all about our wonderful woods.


Fairy Tale Trail at Yeovil Country Park

Tuesday 30 May 11.00am - Friday 2 June 2.00pm

Pick up a trail leaflet for £1.00 per sheet from the Ninesprings Café and follow the markers around the woods on our Fairy Tale Trail around Yeovil Country Park. The self-led trail will take approximately one hour to complete.


Yeovil Country Park Craft Fair- Free event

Wednesday 31 May, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Visit the Craft Fair on the meadows outside the Ninepsrings Café and see the lovely crafts created and for sale by local stall holders.

Visit www.southsomersetcountryside.com or email becky.russell@southsomerset.gov.uk for more information about all events taking place in South Somerset across May as part of Naturally Healthy Month.

Becky Russell, Community Ranger at Yeovil Country Park said, "May is the perfect time to get the most out of our natural assets. There are plenty of activities taking place this year at Yeovil Country Park for all the family to enjoy and hopefully we can get more people out enjoying nature. Our Country Parks are some of the best in Britain and we are proud when we see so many people taking advantage and utilising them."

Health Promotion Manager, Louise Finnis from Public Health at Somerset County Council, said, "Naturally Healthy Month is aiming to showcase many of the wonderful opportunities that are in Somerset to have a really good day out  that leaves you feeling good from the inside out. We hope that through getting involved in Naturally Healthy month events, people will be reminded or introduced to all the benefits that getting closer to the natural world can bring.

"There is a need to bridge the gap between the natural environment, health care and community engagement. Working together we can try to remove barriers that prevent engagement and enable more people to promote their health and wellbeing easily and at lower cost."

Funding from the Heritage Lottery Funded V3 project has been used as part of the Wonderful Woodlands event on Saturday 20 May.