Crawley’s outdoor health programme
Crawley Wellbeing has set itself a Health Challenge – “Increase people’s physical activity levels, along with tackling the obesity epidemic and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing”.
Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the town and their communities, by enhancing opportunities people have for health and enjoyment.
Our focus is on outdoor health, utilising the amazing green space, parks and forests we have on our doorstep here in the Crawley – helping people to build healthy activities into their daily lives, as well as increasing the public’s awareness of and access to green space in and around the town for recreation and health improvement.
Find out the more about the power of the great outdoors, otherwise discover ‘What’s On' locally in our parks and green space.
If you would like more information about any of these projects, please contact us
Tel: 01293 585317
Outdoor Health Benefits
Parks and woods are great places for:
- exercise such as walking, cycling, running and playing
- reducing stress, offering peace and tranquillity
- raising the spirits through sights, smell and experiences.Physical and mental health: Using and viewing green space improves our physical and mental health. People living in greener areas generally report less health complaints and more often relate themselves to be in good health and having better mental health.Over three quarters of adults and two thirds of children in Crawley do not do enough exercise or physical activity.
- Walking through a park or in a wood for 30 minutes, five or more days a week improves the working of the heart and lungs and makes you feel fitter and more energetic. Being active outdoors also reduces stress and promotes natural recovery from mental fatigue.
- Parks and woods around Crawley are naturally good for you. They are the towns' lungs and support local wildlife that people enjoy seeing, including birds, butterflies, deer and squirrels. You can travel through them on your way to work or school or simply visit them for pleasure.
- Feel more energetic and lively.
- Reduce your risk of chronic disease.
- Control your weight.
- Feel better.
- The most common mental disorder in Britain is a combination of anxiety & depression, with almost 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis (Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001). Parks and woods are natural stress relievers as they offer a calming environment and spaces to reflect and escape the built environment, helping us recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
- Higher quality of life.
- Enhanced mood.
- Stress reduction.
- More positive self-image.
- Spending time in woodlands can help you and your family become more active, meet new people and try new activities. “Greener neighbourhoods give rise to stronger communities with better social ties.”
- Woods provide opportunities for social contact and support.
- Allowing you to meet new people and try new activities.
- Helping to reduce social isolation.
- Click here, to discover ‘What’s On' locally in our parks and green space in Crawley.
Crawley has a wealth of parks and green spaces for everyone to enjoy. Tilgate Park is our largest and most well known park, but there are many other parks in Crawley offering a range of environments from formal traditional gardens like Worth Park, to the wildlife haven of Bewbush Water Gardens. To find out more about all of the Parks and Gardens in Crawley click here.
Green Exercise is any informal physical activity that takes place outdoors: from gardening, cycling and walking in urban green areas, to kite flying and conservation projects in the countryside.
The aim is to connect people to nature in their local areas and it is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the nation's physical and mental wellbeing.
Within Crawley, there is a wide range of outdoor events and activities taking place across our parks and green space throughout the year. Click on any of the links below to find out more information about what’s on in your local park or for great ways to stay healthy and keep fit.
Walking Your Way to Health
Striding for Fitness
Horticulture & Gardening
Green Exercise – Getting Active Outdoors