Nature

Can the urban forest promote mental wellbeing?

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Urban trees mitigate many negative environmental impacts such as the heat island effect, flooding and air pollution, thus having many indirect health and well being benefits. However, a growing body of research tells us that urban trees or nature may have an effect on our health and mental well being too.

The research undertaken suggests that experiencing and viewing nature initiates the physiological and psychological responses that underpin recovery from stress. There was a strong belief from the participants in both the
power of the surrounding environment and trees and nature to have beneficial effects on mental well being. Only 6.5% of all participants disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement ‘Trees and nature make me calm and relaxed’. Additionally, it was found that nearby residential trees may provide beneficial in improving mental well being for more disadvantaged socio-economic groups.  All food for thought in the development of housing in the future, not only stressing the importance of affordability, but also interaction with its natural surroundings.

Area’s natural history is the star in “The Wild North East – Scotland’s Natural Gem”

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A short film highlighting the wonderful wildlife and wild places throughout the north east of Scotland was launched last week.

“The Wild North East – Scotland’s Natural Gem” was commissioned by the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, of which Aberdeenshire Council is an active member and supporter.

The film was the idea of Doug Gooday, one of Aberdeenshire Council’s Rangers, who wanted to create a short film to promote the wonderful wildlife and wild places we are so fortunate to enjoy here.
“As a Council Ranger I’m very privileged to spend a lot of time in the many wild places we have in Aberdeenshire, from the Cairngorms to the Coast,” he said.
“I wanted to inspire others to enjoy these wild places as well, to understand about the services nature provides and the importance of caring for the natural environment for the benefit of ourselves and future generations.”
The new film was produced by the nature media company Scotland: The Big Picture.
The collective specialises in producing high-quality short films which inspire and inform people on the importance of looking after our natural world.
The film was produced with the support of Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland, the North East Biodiversity Partnership and Forestry Commission Scotland – Grampian Conservancy.
It was launched on Friday, April 13 at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and is freely available for anyone to use and distribute for education and to promote the natural heritage of our region.
You can see the video on the council’s YouTube channel​.

Getting Out & About with Your Local Ranger

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Have You Met Your Local Ranger?  In K&M, your Ranger is Helen Young.  Read on to find out how Helen could help you or your group get out and about.

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The Aberdeenshire Rangers are tasked with raising awareness and encouraging care for our natural and cultural heritage.  To do this, we work with schools and community groups on natural and cultural projects and run various events that families and individual can join in. Read the rest of this entry »