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Green Gym comes to Southampton: Get fit doing outdoor conservation work



In the Autumn of 2018 Southampton Healthy Living started a new project called Green Gym – a different way for people to get physically active by completing conservation activities outdoors.


Participating in the Green Gym is a marvellous way to reduce stress levels and improve your mental and emotional health. Research shows that regular exercise, such as Green gym, increases fitness and energy levels, reduces anxiety and depression, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.


There is a range of work to suit all abilities from litter picking to cutting small trees back Sessions are free of charge, and tea, coffee and a snack is provided, along with tools, equipment and gloves.


The two Green Gyms in Southampton are:


Jurd’s Lake, Victoria Road Southampton, SO19 9EG Mondays 11:00 – 14:00.

Working to improve the butterfly walk, opening up small woodland glades by clearing vegetation and coppicing small trees; Improving the path by cutting back overhanging trees and bushes to give good sight lines.


Nursling Plantation, Chelverston Crescent, Southampton SO16 5SB Wednesday 11:00 – 14:00

Restoring the central health land habitat by clearing bracken, brambles and small trees. Clearance work will make the central path more open.


For info see or contact Patrick on 02380 402 593

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