Make a resolution to get outdoors more in 2014!

HAVE you overindulged this Christmas? Made a New Year’s resolution to try something new? Want to get outdoors more and be healthier?

Why not try out a day of practical conservation work at your local woods? It’s a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and get fitter – just a small ‘dose’ of nature improves people’s mood, self-esteem and mental health, says a recent study by Essex University.

The Forestry Commission is holding two ‘taster’ conservation task sessions on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th January 2014 at Mardyke Woods in South Ockendon. You’ll be joining the friendly Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers, who will make you very welcome and show you the ropes.

The group will meet at 10.15am at the Cherwell Grove playground. You are then welcome to leave at 12.30pm, or stay until 3pm if you’re having fun! If you want to stay all day, just bring along your lunch and we’ll provide the hot drinks and biscuits.

You can just turn up on the morning – no experience is needed, just wear warm and sturdy clothing and footwear.

Contact the Community Ranger for more details on 01708 642964 or at thameschase@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. For more information on Mardyke Woods, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/thameschase.

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