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TCV, in partnership with Epic, is setting up a Green Gym to operate across Clackmannanshire.  This group will run on Wednesdays at 10am-1pm.

Green Gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions where volunteers will take part in practical conservation activities such as planting trees, creating meadows, establishing wildlife ponds and more!

The focus of these groups is on participants health and fitness – volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit a range of abilities.

In fact, almost third more calories can be burnt in some Green Gym sessions than in an average aerobics class!

GPs recognise the invaluable impact that Green Gyms can have on those who take part.

GPs now prescribe Green Gym sessions to patients to encourage them to improve their health and wellbeing. By taking part, participants are encouraged to make positive changes to their lifestyle, such as walking and cycling more.

Green Gyms also enhance mental wellbeing through increased contact with nature, the social benefits of group activity and helping people contribute something positive to their community. TCV work closely with partners, including mental health charity Mind, to continually inno

vate Green Gyms to ensure that they maximise the benefits for participants.

Plug planting wildflowers

These sessions can improve health, stamina and mental well-being while also benefiting local green spaces.  It is hoped that these sessions will have a sustained impact within Clackmannanshire

Conservation work is my best workout each week

Green Gym volunteer

Green Gym helped me to regain the confidence to return to employment and I now have a full-time job

Green Gym volunteer – Portslade Green Gym, East Sussex

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