Nature and mental health

Man running in park

We know through numerous studies that connecting with nature, whether it’s walking through woods or tending to a houseplant, can have a hugely positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Interacting with the natural environment can help keep us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy. It can improve mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and even boost confidence and self-esteem.

In this section:

  • Guides to some of the glorious green spaces South East London
  • Explore the fascinating parks, woods and commons in our local area with our specially commissioned, 13-mile Three Broroughs Walk.
  • Get top tips on embracing the environment with nature and wellbeing sessions recorded by BLG Mind staff.
  • View our supporters’ photographs of local flora and fauna in our nature photography celebration.
The transmitter in Bromley at sunrise

Green Bromley

London’s largest borough is also its greenest. We look at the green spaces Bromley offers, from town centre parks to following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps through ancient woodland and meadows,

The view of London from One Tree Hill in Lewisham

Green Lewisham

Tackle Lewisham’s Three Peaks Challenge, a five-mile loop taking in the heady delights and stunning views of Hilly Fields, Blythe Hill Fields and the iconic One Tree Hill.

A kingfisher

Green Greenwich

From kingfishers by the Thames to red deer in Greenwich Park, the wildlife of the Royal Borough of Greenwich is every bit as special as its much-heralded history.

Bluebells in a wood

Watch: Mindfulness, Nature & Wellbeing

Let BLG Mind’s Libby guide you through gentle meditations designed to help connect to nature, while Gracie shares her tips for embedding nature into your daily life.

A fox having a scratch

Nature Photography Celebration

Celebrate the power of photography and the wonders of the natural world with these beautiful images of local flora and fauna submitted by our supporters.

Three Boroughs Walk

Highlights of this self-guided, 13-mile circular walk include the donkeys of Eltham Palace, a memorial to the instigator of British Summertime, and panoramic views of the City.