Being in nature is a brilliant way to boost your mental health and wellbeing.
Being in nature can involve going for a walk, taking up gardening at home or through a community project, or simply by sitting in a green space and enjoying your surroundings.
We’re lucky in Midlothian to have beautiful country parks and nature reserves to visit and explore. Why not visit one you haven’t been to in a while?
- Dalkeith Country Park
- Gore Glen Woodland Park
- Hillend Country Park
- Penicuik-Dalkeith Walkway
- Pentland Hills Regional Park
- Roslin Glen Country Park
- Springfield Mill
- Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve
- Vogrie Country Park
Osmaps and the Woodland Trusts have created handy tools to help you find your closed greenspaces and woodland areas:
Midlothian council has put together a list of guides to walking routes in the area. The guides include useful information including the time it would take to complete the walk and key points of interest along the routes.
Ideas and resources
The Woodland Trust has a wide range of activities for adventures in the woods including identifying wildlife, fun and games for the whole family and foraging.
The RSPB has resources to help kids and families connect with nature, from simple activities they can do at home or at school, to wild clubs, fun articles and family-friendly reserves and events.
Ideas from Mindful on a daily mindful walking practice.
Information from Thrive on why gardening is good for you mental wellbeing.
A factsheet from Mind on nature and mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Thriving with Nature’ guide can help you make the most of our natural spaces to boost your wellbeing
Taking notice is also one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs. Taking notice of things we’re grateful for, big or small, is a great way to boost our mood and appreciate our surroundings.
Learn more here about the other ways to wellbeing on our Five Ways to Wellbeing page.
Organisations and projects
Health in Mind’s Respect Our Woodlands and Nature (ROWAN) project uses the outdoors and nature to help relieve stress and promote wellbeing in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust is a community-focused organisation creating opportunities and improving facilities to regenerate the community of Mayfield and Easthouses. It has a community garden that local residents are welcome to join in and help with.
One Dalkeith Community Development Trust has sever environmental activities including improving community spaces, litter picking and fruit planting activities, and
Botanical Society Scotland aims to advance the appreciation and understanding of all plants and fungi.