We’re lucky, because we live in a suburban area now, surrounded by parks, the river and the beautiful Surrey hills within just a few miles drive.
But I used to live in cities when I was younger and had no family. As much as I loved the convenience of living in a big city with the career I wanted, going out on the weekends, studying and just generally enjoying a very different and busy life – I always missed nature.
Long walks in the park, day outs on the countryside or even walking the dog are very benefical both emotionally, physically and psychologically. Apart from trips to the seaside and to working farms there’s some other, less obvious things you can do to be reconnected to nature.
1. Guerrilla gardening
Or maybe just help some friends out with gardening jobs. There are a lot of Facebook groups and council sites for people wanting to do some gardening, wanting to make their town or city greener and healthier.
2. Get an allotment
This is of course a little bit of a commitment but it has lots of benefits. You’re not only gardening, you’re producing food and it can be a great hobby. It saves money for you too. It’s very social and educational as well: you can make friends with your allotment neighbours, you can take the whole family so children can learn how food is being produced.
3. Make your own urban oasis
Turn your balcony, patio or even indoor conservatory into your own mini oasis. Buy some nice plants, lovely garden furniture and add your own taste and style to it. Nothing’s better than having a little oasis on your own. Here’s a great little guide with lots good ideas: How To Create An Urban Oasis
4. Pick your own
Just outside of London you can find a lot of family friendly, little working farms and orchards, where you can pick seasonal fruits and vegetables. Lovely summer fruits from June till August or pumpkin in autumn. It’s fun, it’s cheap and you can take the children too. Get your freezer and preserving jars ready!
You can actively protect nature: join volunteer communities to tidy up green areas, beaches or riversides. Lots of parks are always looking for volunteers, not only gardeners but other skilled people too for various permanent or temporary positions. Dedicate your skills and time if you can.
This is a collaborative post.