Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

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31 January 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week is a national event taking place between 1st - 7th February 2021. The theme for this year is ‘Express Yourself’.

As adults, we know that getting outdoors can do wonders for our mental health. A walk with the dog, a jog with a friend or just sitting amongst the trees can make us feel calmer and help us to reconnect with nature. The same goes for our children. Research from the University of East Anglia* showed that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits both physically and mentally.

Our children have had to cope with significant changes in the past year with limited chances to socialise, experience new and exciting things, and just be themselves. One way in which we can support young people is by spending time outdoors. We have lots of resources on our website for activities you can do in your local parks if you are a little stuck for ideas. Why not try our following our ‘Forest Bathing How To Guide’ with your children? It might give you a chance to talk about how it makes you feel and spark conversation about how they are feeling, or just give you all some quiet time to enjoy. We have also created a 'Bring The Outdoors In' activity guide which has ideas of how your family can stay connected with nature whilst your having to spend more time at home.

More information on Children’s Mental Health week can be found here.

*Source: Science Daily

Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood


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    Howe Park Wood is an ancient woodland in the south west of Milton Keynes near Westcroft and Tattenhoe which boasts a rich variety of wildlife and fantastic on site facilities including toilets, a café and a small play area.

  • Campbell Park


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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

  • Ouzel Valley Park


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    The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

  • Stonepit Field


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    Stonepit Field is the location for many events including wildflower walks and fossil hunts. It is also a great place for dog walking.

  • Teardrop Lakes


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    Part of the Loughton Valley Park, the four Teardrop Lakes are also a destination in their own right, providing fishing waters and a peaceful escape for those working in nearby offices.

  • Willen Lake North


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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

  • Nature inspired activities and resources which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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