Studies show that nature is good for our mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. It can relieve stress, calm anxiety and help with depression. It gets us exercising - improving heart health, respiration and circulation as well as boosting the immune system. It can connect communities and combat loneliness.Â
Our guests tell us that these effects are tangible even within the space of a short break. The local communities that we are part of feel it too, as we are located on the Public Forest Estate which is open to everyone to enjoy.
Forest Ranger, Gerry
Forest of Dean
With 80% of us living in towns and cities, our connection with nature is lower than ever.
Our children play out 50% less than we did. Stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression are all increasing.
Have you ever seen an owl in the wild, gazed at the night sky without light pollution, or walked through a wood, carpeted with bluebells?Â
Reconnect with nature on your Forest Holiday
For us, the forest is an exciting adventure that we want to share with people. We encourage our guests to experience and explore the nations forests, National Parks and other special landscapes across the UK.
Our guests genuinely feel a reconnection with the natural world that is restorative and uplifting. There is a sense of nostalgia as they watch their children get muddy and happy, and they tell us they leave with a renewed interest in nature.
True to our purpose, our holidays are immersed in nature, our Forest Rangers help guests to understand and appreciate the life of the forest, and our unpackaged offer gives people the time and space to renew their connections with each other.
Forest Holidays is also leading the way in the UK as the only holiday company with team members who have had extensive training in the ancient Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. As qualified Forest Therapy guides, they can take you on a Forest Bathing experience that can boost your immune system, lower stress and give you a profound sense of calm.
Trees have the power to calm us, to reduce our heart rate, to lower our blood pressure but why are we so tuned into nature ? Dr Ryan Lumber from the Nature Research Connectedness Group explains how our bodies and minds benefit from time in woodland environments.
Forests improve wellbeing. Itâ€™s a proven scientific fact. We want to ensure the benefits are better understood and shared more widely. We commit to:
Promote wellbeing in forests, working on initiatives with Forestry England and other partners
Support research projects into nature and wellbeing
Provide families from disadvantaged areas with nature-rich holidays, working with the Family Holiday Association