This year I have been fascinated by the array of support programmes on offer to help kin both old and young in the field of wellbeing.
In our increasing digitally dependent and urbanised world, are we slowly losing touch with nature?
Mindfulness is the buzz-therapy of the moment and along with the apps and endless slew of books, lessons in this meditation- like practice is offered to all as a form of self-help.
I don’t doubt it has a role in reducing stress but there are other ways to temporarily shift our focus away from personal worries.
Sport, dancing, playing a musical instrument, even keeping a pet have all been shown to have similar relaxing effects.
But, nothing beats being immersed in nature, and this has big implications for our physical and mental health!
This venture recently at Court Hey Park has had a fantastic run of success at helping all ages develop a unique connection, a connection with nature, all on your local doorstep.
Supported by Landlife’s Great Outdoors Project, this eco-therapeutic activity connects people with nature through a variety of creative physical activities aimed to encourage people to be more active in parks and greenspaces.
Back by popular demand this October half term sees the return of the fun packed annual family Harvest Celebration here at the National Wildflower Centre.
Not to be missed, you too can join the Great Outdoors Project team as they celebrate the magic of autumn and make the most of the great outdoors.
This week, Court Hey Park will be joined by the RSPB, S&R Birds (Rescued birds of prey) and a team of eco-experts to guide you through the world of nature.
Everyone is welcome to this week long event, and all the activities are FREE.
You’ll be sure to leave the events with new ideas and a fresh enjoyment of nature and all that bountiful autumn has to offer.
There’ll be something for all ages to enjoy here at the Centre, so make a trip asp.
This Thursday 29th October, 11am-3pm sees Apple Day with apple crumble making, apple tasting, apple pressing and traditional apple games, apple art, apple fun and more from apples…..
Friday 30th October is for all the Ray Mears and Bear Gryllys fans, as bush-craft in the woods comes alive.
See woodcraft in action, fire pit antics, outdoor art activities, outdoor cooking, foraging advice, and all things in survival training come alive, in this educationally fun instructional afternoon.
The drum circle will come into its own with the Wildflower Artisan Market selling beautiful artistic offerings to delight and decorate your homes this autumn.
Find all this at Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Broadgreen no matter what the weather.
For more info (01517381913)
The Cornflower Café will be serving up a healthy celebration of autumn fare for you to enjoy and be sure to taste the famous courgette, apple and beetroot cakes!
Focus on noticing and enjoying the nature around you this week and get your dose of vitamin N (Nature)! The Nature Prescription.
Liverpool has been a buzz of activity around The Strand lately with the International Festival for Business taking centre stage to events in commerce and sport with the World Corporate Games.
Following its exceptional inaugural year the announcement yesterday by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon George Osborne, was for it to return to Liverpool.
This morning, a statistical, data analysis guru told me of the many deals and trades that have been generated for Liverpool.
Speaking briefly to David Cameron and Michael Hesseltine last week, their thoughts of the weeks success have been well founded.
The event has been a fantastic success and all praise goes to the organisers at Vision for promoting a memorable networking and learning experience.
During the past weeks, I have been immersed in several major IFB events around the waterfront and impressed with the new Titanic Hotel and plans for Stanley Dock, but today was the pinnacle or the icing on the cake, because of my strong personal links with the Landlife organisation.
Nobody in Liverpool likes a bare barren landscape especially in the inner city.
Landlife, with permission from the owners, have been planting-up such areas and created beautiful vibrant, colourful wildflower landscapes that bring the countryside to the doorstep of the community.
This morning was particularly interesting for me because of the nature of the business taking place on the 5th floor of The Hub (that big dark building on Mann Island).
Landlife National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley signed a historic new business agreement with China partners Sichuan Runfeng Landscape Engineering Ltd and Kunming Institute of Botany to create conservation project work in China.
The spinoffs from this, with a vast country like that, especially in education and tourism swam around in my mind.
If you have not seen one of these wildflower landscapes then, look just below the Anglican Cathedral and there lies a beautiful canvas field of poppies. What was once bare earth now blooms like a paradise. The once patch of earth, was sown with our own home grown Landlife ‘wildflower’ seeds.
These locally grown UK seeds, not only look good but also hold a particular resonance for WWI commemorations as well as with the bright red poppies creating a symbol of hope and good fortune for the Chinese.
This signed agreement is an important step for Landlife, the UK’s first urban wildlife charity, and award winning organisation working for nature and the people.
It is also fitting that Liverpool, with the oldest Chinese Community in Europe and a pioneer of ecology restoration, should be a focus for this event. An event today, long in the making to give the organisation that began in Lark Lane over thirty years ago, that media spotlight.
This is an organisation whose progress I have watched, supported and been engaged with educationally for many years.
Well done Landlife for making this breakthrough, and lets hope the recognition is a stepping stone to greater projects and recognition.
The National Wildflower Centre is certainly a jewel in the crown, Liverpool’s crown.
With the tourist industry here in Liverpool going from strength to strength, Liverpool will be a great cog in the wheel of strengthening the UK’s links with China through the city of Kunming and China itself.
Here trade, investment, culture and education, tourism, technology and arts will all benefit Liverpool, from the deal.
This morning brought many friends together and although the weather was not at its best, the event was a milestone bouquet brought alive with the imaginative and entertainingly engaging Chinese dances of China Peal, who acted out a beautiful poetic story before our eyes.
Well done Richard Scott and all the Team at the National Wildflower Centre.
See You Thursday!!!!
“Look Dad, those people have all got walking sticks”
No! No! No!
Lets set the record straight then……….because I’m really into this…and even have my own sticks.
Nordic Walking is a physical activity and a sport.
Its popularity spans right across Europe with social groups, business teams and competitive slalom races taking place most weekends to support a healthy lifestyles programme.
The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles.
Originally Finnish-Sauvakavely, Nordic walking is fitness walking with specially designed poles. Trekkers, backpackers and skiers have been using the basic concept for decades.
The Nordic walking’s concept was developed on the basis of an off-season ski-training activity while using one-piece ski poles.
For decades hikers and backpackers used their one-piece ski poles long before trekking and Nordic walking poles came onto the scene.
Ski racers deprived of snow have always used and still do use their one-piece ski poles for ski walking and hill bounding.
The first Nordic walking poles were produced and marketed by Excel in 1997. Excel coined and popularised the term ‘Nordic Walking’ in 1999.
Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body and receive fitness building stimulation not present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles that may result in significant increases in heart rate at a given pace.
Nordic walking has been estimated as producing up to 465% increase in energy consumption, compared to walking without poles.
This is a great sport and there are about 30 regular supporters at the National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool.
Where can I train as a Nordic Walker?
FREE Training sessions at-
The National Wildflower Centre,
Court Hey Park (Near Broadgreen Hospital)
Tel 0151 738 1913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org