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Did you know, more than half of UK Adults say that being close to nature improved their mental health.
With this year's Mental Health Awareness Week being themed around Nature, we thought we would share some tips on how to utilise your Gardens to benefit your mental health.
- improve your mood
- reduce feelings of stress or anger
- help you take time out and feel more relaxed
- improve your physical health
- improve your confidence and self-esteem
- help you be more active
- help you make new connections
- provide peer support.
How to benefit your mental health by utilising your Garden space:
- Feed the birds! This might sound simple, but by regularly leaving out some bird food will encourage feathered visitors to your Garden. They are fascinating to watch and calming to the ears.
- Create mini bug hotels by stacking up piles of sticks and logs to attract other Wildlife types.
- Dine al fresco! Take your time to enjoy your meal in the surroundings of your Garden.
- Regular General Garden maintenance; pop out first thing in the morning before you've begun your busy day to de-weed, or top up the bird food! Taking those breaths of fresh air first thing can mentally prepare you for the day ahead. Immerse yourself in what is around you; sounds, sights and textures.
- Exercise in your Garden; how about a short Yoga session or perhaps some simple stretches.
- Lastly, if you don't have your own accessible Garden, why not visit a local free country park, woodland or public Garden!
Visit the Mental Health Foundation website for further tips on connecting with Nature > https://bit.ly/3tJTcs7
If you would like to speak to someone about your mental health, please don't hesitate to contact The Samaritans or your local GP.
'Every day The Samaritans respond to around 10,000 calls for help. No judgement. No pressure. We're here for anyone who needs someone' > https://www.samaritans.org/
Photos by Richard Webb, photographed at Jordans Mill.
Left to right: Orange Tip Butterfly, Ladybirds, Cowslips & Woodpecker.
Join us this May Bank Holiday; whether you want to indulge in some holme-made food from our Riverside Cafe, take a browse in the Mill Shop, leisurely stroll our Gardens or come along to our Spring Craft & Food Fayre (on Saturday 1st May only), there is something for everyone!
- Treat yourself to a Breakfast, Lunch or a light bite at our Riverside Cafe (dine outdoors or takeaway)
- Browse our selection of locally produced food items and holme-grown plants from the Mill Shop
- Stroll the Gardens, Meadow & Woodland areas
- Enjoy our first Craft & Food Fayre of the year (held on Saturday 1st May only, 10am - 3pm)
- Let your little explorers enjoy the great outdoors; take part in our Lets Go Wild: I Spy Activity Trail at £2.50 per sheet, available from the Mill Shop.
- Soak up the Spring vibes with our exclusive Barbeque (available Saturday 1st & Monday 3rd from 12 noon - 4pm, from the Mill Shop Courtyard only, subject to availability)
The next set of eased Government Roadmap restrictions are just around the corner, and we're pleased to share our exciting re-opening plans for week commencing 29th March:
The Mill Shop will remain open for essential items
Takeaway Menu will expand, see the full menu below
Online Click & Collect Service still available; Afternoon Teas and more.
Our opening days will extend to:
Wednesday – Sunday, 9am to 4pm.
Exclusive additional opening day: Monday 5th April
Visitors will be able to gather outdoors; 2 households or up to 6 individuals from separate households.
On site toilet facilities will remain closed
New Takeaway Menu, available from 31st March:
Sausage Roll (Pork or Vegan) £2.50
Pastie (Steak or Cheese & Onion) £3.95
Sandwich selection from £3.50
Cheese & Onion
Cheese & Tomato
Ham & Cheese
Bacon & Cheese
Hot Filled Baps £4.50
Fried Egg Bap
Easter weekend exclusives: 2nd - 5th April
Subject to availability
Easter Roast in a Bap
Roast Pork, Stuffing & Apple Sauce £5.95
Vegan Lentil Roast with Cheese £5.50
Box of Roast Potatoes £2.75
As we can slowly start to see Spring on the horizon, most of the winter migrants that regularly visit the gardens and woodland have left. A few spring migrants have just started to arrive with Chiffchaffs starting to sing in the Woodland and Meadows.
Grey and Pied Wagtails are starting to look for nest sites under the bridge and around the Mill buildings. Wrens are singing & displaying and Blue Tits are looking for nest sites in nest boxes and hollow trees.
Lots of finches feed on Alder trees, large flocks of Goldfinch and Siskins eat the seeds in the tiny cones, Linnets, Chaffinch and a few Redpolls are often mixed in with them.
On the river, Little Egrets are seen most days, plus Swans and ducks. The Kingfishers which have been very active all winter are seen less frequently now as they start to pair up and nest.
We expect to see more Spring migrants arrive in the upcoming weeks - don't forget to come and see for yourself! Our Gardens are open for you to take a leisurely stroll around. Check our opening times here.