How to feel good.

Bathscape, the Heritage Lottery funded project aimed at reconnecting people with the natural landscape surrounding Bath, is holding two free events in February in support of Feel-Good Bath.

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The events are the first to be held since the Bathscape Landscape Partnership was awarded £1.65million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be used over the next five years to restore local natural heritage and improve access to the stunning landscape surrounding Bath.screenshot 2019-01-28 at 14.23.00

The Bathscape Landscape Partnership is made up of conservation organisations, community groups, businesses, universities and Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Andrew Grant, Bathscape Partnership Chair, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Visit Bath’s Feel-Good Bath campaign with these events. We want people to discover more about the health and wellbeing benefits of getting out in the fresh air and exploring the natural environment on their doorstep. These events are the first in a series of activities, talks and walks we’ll be holding over the next five years.”

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Andrew Grant

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods said: “The benefits to mind and body of exploring the great outdoors are well documented and it’s great to see Bathscape encouraging more people to do just that. The natural landscape surrounding Bath is stunning and through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bathscape will work to restore and improve it. I hope these events will encourage people to get involved and make the most of their beautiful surroundings.”

Both events take place during the first week of February:

Nature & Wellbeing Course at Bath City Farm with Avon Wildlife Trust -Monday 4 February 10am to 3.30pm

This is a one day awareness course, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn about the natural world in a way that helps to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. The day will focus on three main themes: resourceful thoughts, emotional awareness and motivation.

To book a place or to find out more contact the team by email: wellbeingteam@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk or telephone 0117 980 0393

Walk to the View – Thursday, 7 February 11am

Discover how quickly you can walk from the centre of Bath to some of the best views of Bath. Starting at the Abbey this guided walk will take you through fine Georgian architecture, along the canal and up to Bathwick Fields from where you can view the splendour of the city from the countryside.

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There’s no need to book, just meet your walk leader, Richard Mann, at the main door of the Abbey at 11am.

The walk will last 1.5 hours and is approximately 3 miles. There are some uphill sections and it may be wet/muddy in places. Dogs are welcome.

For more information contact Bathscape 01225 477265

For more information on other events being held as part of Visit Bath’s Feel-Good Bath campaign visit: https://visitbath.co.uk/feel-good/

For information:

The Bathscape area stretches from Charmy Down to the north of the city to Combe Hay in the south, and from Kingsdown to the east to Corston in the west.

Over the next five year the Bathscape Landscape Partnership will bring 25 projects to life which will restore the landscape, enhance access, revitalise its use to improve health, and provide a wide range of training and skills opportunities.

Projects in the scheme include:

•Improving the condition and management of important woodlands, grasslands and historic landscape features
•Providing training, opportunities and resources for local people to get involved in the study and enhancement of the local landscape
•A five–year programme of walks and other public events in the landscape including the annual Bathscape Walking Festival and healthy walking groups linked to GP surgeries
•A waymarked ‘round Bath’ promoted walking network
•Working with schools and education providers to encourage outdoor learning and develop skills.