Spending time with nature improves wellbeing

The Wild Ways Well project has demonstrated what most of us already know instinctively. Spending time outdoors, in nature, makes people feel better about themselves and their lives.

Wild Ways Well gets people suffering from, or at risk of, poor mental health out into greenspaces. Whilst out amongst the trees, parks, and reserves, participants get a chance to slow down, relax, enjoy being in the company of other like-minded people, and participate in a variety of environmental and conservation-related activities, designed to fit in with the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Our Project partners, The Conservation Volunteers, have gained funding to maintain the open group for the next year, so if you would like to join them, please get in touch with Aimée Moretti on Aimee.Moretti@tcv.org.uk

TCV are offering free sessions each Thursday in Cumbernauld to give you a chance to test the Five Ways out for yourself and learn how you can bring nature into your daily life. Each session will involve a walk, and time to immerse yourself in a natural, environmental or conservation themed activity.


The Wild Ways

Wild Ways Well is structured around the Five Ways to Wellbeing, an internationally recognised framework for promoting good mental health in use by organisations all over the world including the NHS and the major UK mental health charities. The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a simple way of thinking about our mental health, suggesting 5 easy actions which we can all take to improve our happiness in our daily lives. We have taken the 5 ways and adapted them to an outdoor, green environment.


Wild Ways Well is part of our Green Health and Wellbeing work for Creating Natural Connections, which has now come to an end.




So long and thanks for all the pine martens

After six years working in Cumbernauld developing the Wild Ways Well green mental health project, it’s time to say goodbye. Over those years Wild Ways Well has run hundreds of

A vital lesson

  A phoenix tree rising from a fallen trunk in Cumbernauld. c. Paul Barclay/Cumbernauld Living Landscape By Paul Barclay, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Health and Wellbeing Project

A New Beginning

Sadly I have come to the end of my time as a Creating Natural Connections Trainee with Cumbernauld Living Landscape, so I wanted to take some time to reflect on

If you build they will come!

Blue tits – a regular nest box user! c. Paul Barclay/Cumbernauld Living Landscape It was National Nest Box Week last week! A sure sign that spring


Project partners

Funding partners