Volunteering in nature linked to better mental health

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has always believed that volunteering provides intrinsic benefits through health and well-being. Now, a new report that examines the effects of volunteering in nature on people’s mental health has been published by The Wildlife Trusts.

The study was carried out by the University of Essex and found:

In our two counties the Trust has help from more than 600 active volunteers, including a roving conservation volunteer group and volunteer team at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, undertaking tasks amounting to thousands of volunteer hours – enabling the Trust to achieve more for nature conservation.

Read more about the report’s findings here 

Photograph: Sunday volunteers at the Trust's Ulverscroft Nature Reserve (Morag Scott Porteous/LRWT)

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