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NEWS RELEASE No: 1532512 MARCH 2012

Get a healthy mind and a healthy body at Wendover Woods

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Family walking on the Firecrest trail

Do you find there is always something that gets in the way of exercise?  Getting fit and losing weight are good ideas but joining a gym, visiting the leisure centre or local pool doesn’t always appeal? Why not try something different and visit the Forestry Commission’s Wendover Woods to experience the benefits of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body?

Reviews by Forest Research, a part of the Forestry Commission, show that spending time in trees, woodlands and forests can improve mental wellbeing.  It makes people feel better, more satisfied with life and can improve self-esteem.  It can also aid in combating some of the long and short-term physical effects of obesity and high blood pressure.

Whatever your age, fitness level or budget, there’s something for you at Wendover Woods.  Activities range from free weekly health walks, Nordic Walking, and Bushcraft, to a high-wire adventure on Go Ape! There’s even a monthly adventure walk, giving those taking part the opportunity to take in the breath taking views of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around Wendover Woods.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair says:

“Never underestimate the power of your local woodland for improving your overall health and wellbeing. Whether you are retired, a new mum or want to get fit while your children are at school, at Wendover Woods you can experience the fresh air, try a new class and feel good about yourself.  Bring a friend or meet someone new, the social side of a new activity is as important to health as the exercise itself.”

Advance booking is essential.  For more information and contact numbers for each of the activities visit or call 01296 625825.  Wendover Wood is a short distance from Wendover Town on the B4009 from Wendover to Tring. Go through RAF Halton, carry on for a mile then take a right, signposted Wendover Woods. The main entrance is 440 yards on the right hand side. Car parking charges apply.

Notes to editor

  1. Forest Research, a part of the Forestry Commission and world-leading centre of research into trees and forestry based in Alice Holt Forest, reviewed 93 studies and identified the links between trees, woods and forests and health in urban populations.Urban health and health inequalities and the role of urban forestry in Britain: A review by Liz O’Brien, Kathryn Williams and Amy Stewart 2010

  2. The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

  3. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

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