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Explore free nature-based groups and activities with the Rushcliffe Big Green Book

Last updated: 7/5/2024 ""

The fourth edition of a directory that details nature-based activity providers and green spaces in Rushcliffe is now available to encourage more people to explore local nature and improve their mental and physical health.

The Rushcliffe Big Green Book gives a wealth of local contacts and information to help groups and individuals find great new health and wellbeing opportunities on their doorstep in the Borough.

To view the latest version, visit the Rushcliffe Primary Care Network website. 

The fourth edition includes more information on walking routes with a specific focus on Rushcliffe Country Park, Cotgrave Country Park and Holme Pierrepont and includes free walking apps such as GoJauntly, AllTrails and GreenSpace NG, encouraging residents to increase their daily steps and explore green spaces.

It also features a range of activities including cycling and exercise groups, coffee meetups, wildlife and environmental links, gardening, allotment, food sharing and leisure opportunities at local waterways, parks and open spaces.

Information on staying active, building strength and details on the health benefits of physical activity including improved sleep, maintaining a healthy weight and managing stress are also available in the book.

The concept is designed to be used by social prescribers and healthcare workers who want to find activities for their patients, as well as individuals who are looking for local community groups to get involved in.Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Director for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “Research has shown that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on mental health, reduce stress levels and increase physical activity.

“Through the book we aim to highlight green spaces, community gardens, nature reserves and nature-based activities that individuals can access to improve their wellbeing.

“The book also supports Rushcliffe working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Borough by encouraging providers to obtain the ‘Dementia Friendly’ badge, helping to raise awareness of dementia and reduce barriers for people in local communities living with dementia.”

Rushcliffe Social Prescribing Team Lead Morgan Sharpe added: “It’s fantastic that we’re now welcoming the fourth edition of the book which has proved to be a success by connecting people to local groups, communities, and green spaces.

“Our social prescribers are also utilising the Big Green Book to support our work with residents and enable people to connect with nature and boost their health and wellbeing.”

For any questions on the Big Green Book, partnership work or sponsor opportunities, email