During Covid-19 many people locally found a sanctuary in nature. Constrictions in movement created an enhanced interest in and appreciation of nature locally. Whether this was through exploring wildlife areas such as Chorlton Meadows, taking up growing vegetables in our own gardens or reading about useful weeds chalked out on pavements, a connection with nature helped ease some of the stresses of the crisis. Come autumn however, many expressed their anxieties that social restrictions and lockdowns would be more difficult to cope with because they wouldn’t go outdoors.
At a meeting of Let’s Reimagine Chorlton in early November, a ‘green spaces and the environment’ break-out group (on Zoom, of course!) discussed how we could support people in Chorlton to continue to enjoy our green spaces throughout the year to benefit physical and mental health. We felt ideas that arose would be perfectly shared in a publication that included a map of green spaces.
The publication’s aim is to motivate and inspire Chorlton residents to get outside to enjoy and explore the outdoors, whether in public spaces or our own gardens. Why? To help us look after our physical health and mental wellbeing through engaging with nature, and celebrate and care for nature locally, whether wildlife areas or managed green spaces.
We plan to do this this through a publication that includes maps, but is more than just an annotated map, providing ideas for how to enjoy the outdoors, engage with nature and value what we have locally. The leaflet will:
We are aiming for wide distribution, to all households in Chorlton, as well as an online version.
There is an opportunity to share your ideas through a survey running to 31 December 2020. We welcome input and ideas from individuals as well as organisations that help look after green spaces.
The survey can be found online here
Any queries or ideas can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The team is entirely voluntary, and includes:
Danielle Lowy, Linsey Parkinson, Anna Violet and Claire Stocks
Chorlton and District Coops is organised by a group of concerned members of the Co-op. We aim to promote collaboration between members, Co-op stores and other cooperatives in Chorlton.
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