New NHS Ayrshire & Arran initiative aims to improve health and fitness through woodland walks

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has teamed up with The Conservation Volunteers, Green Exercise Partnership, Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage to encourage patients, staff, visitors and the wider community to use the green space on the University Hospital Ayr campus.

Over the past two years we have developed two woodland walks in the grounds of University Hospital Ayr and Ailsa Hospital. They can be used for walking, taking in nature or spending time relaxing or recuperating in peaceful surroundings. The paths have lots of seating and rest areas, are wheelchair accessible and suitable for everyone.

In addition to the walks, a Green Gym is starting on 25 January, from 10am to 1pm. The gym is for anyone who is interested in getting fit, has an interest in the outdoors, or loves practical conservation work. It is free and open to everyone – patients, staff, visitors and the wider community.

David Meechan, Greenspace for Health Senior Project Officer, commented: “Studies suggest that exercise and fresh air are good for both our physical and mental health. These activities are suitable for people of all ages and abilities, so why not join us to get fit and have fun in 2017!”

For more information on the woodland walks, the Green Gym and the calendar of events for the coming year visit the NHS Ayrshire & Arran wesbite.