Walk this way

We all know that gar­den­ing is good for the soul - but at the Eden Project it’s also good for body and mind

Cornwall Life - - A DAY IN PARADISE -

pa­tient has at­tended every week for seven years, so they’re def­i­nitely more fun than hard work! In fine weather the walks range across the whole Eden site, and when it rains or snows we have a handy cou­ple of Biomes for al­ter­na­tive routes.

And it works. We col­lect data on how our walk­ers get on, and we know that they have to visit hos­pi­tal or surg­eries less of­ten, lose weight, are able to come off oxy­gen, and in gen­eral have bet­ter qual­ity of life. They also make friends – the pro­gramme works in part be­cause it has cre­ated new gangs of pals meet­ing up every week.

Eden thinks big, of course, so now we’re try­ing to in­flu­ence the NHS right across the UK to adopt walk­ing for health – so where it’s ap­pro­pri­ate, GPs start to pre­scribe go­ing for reg­u­lar walks with good com­pany and in beau­ti­ful places. You might be won­der­ing what this has to do with Eden – well we’re all about con­nect­ing peo­ple with na­ture, and we think ev­ery­one’s well­be­ing is in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked with spend­ing time out­doors and en­joy­ing the liv­ing world. One long­stand­ing mem­ber of the group said, “I feel that it has opened up pos­si­bil­i­ties for all of us to get out and do more with peo­ple with sim­i­lar con­di­tions, and has cer­tainly helped to make me more aware of the value of ex­er­cise in con­ge­nial sur­round­ings, in all kinds of weather! I won­der how I might have man­aged without such en­cour­ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties, so thank you Eden!”

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