A sense of freedom
Trees and green space encourage healthy lifestyles, improving public health. An ageing population is putting pressure on health and care services. An increasing proportion of the population is obese, most worryingly particularly in the young. International evidence has demonstrated the critical impact trees have in encouraging more active lifestyles and alleviating the symptoms of some of our most debilitating conditions such as dementia, obesity, heart disease and mental health problems.
“When you are outdoors you feel different – most people, young or old feel a sense of freedom, space and find it easier to relax,” says Marina Robb, director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC – a provider of nature-based experiences and courses that are described as educational, fun and life changing including woodland days, camps and forest school sessions for schools, holiday woodland days, CPD days and forest school training for adults.
“The science says that our cortisol levels reduce, so we are more open to learn and feel at ease in a group. We have evolved in the outdoors, coming inside more and more over the last few decades,” she continues.
“We speak about resilience a lot, the ability to ‘bounce back’ – and we can’t learn this if we try and make everything safe and ‘nice’. Then there is the living world in its magnificence and profound beauty and all the relationships that exist beyond the human; the trees being one of the great living beings on the planet; slow to grow and move but all with their medicines and characters, and wood for warmth and cooking. Climbing up high gives a different perspective, and what is needed in our world is the ability to empathise and see many perspectives,” she concludes.
It’s clear to see that an escape into the outdoors, even just for the night, can work wonders on our health. At Tree Tents we’re passionate about connecting people with the great outdoors and creating opportunities to disconnect from the pace of modern life. Our glamping structures are inspired by nature, designed to blend seamlessly with their environment and enhance the freedom that comes from camping in the wild.