Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

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31 January 2021


Children’s Mental Health Week is a national event taking place between 1st - 7th February 2021. The theme for this year is ‘Express Yourself’.

As adults, we know that getting outdoors can do wonders for our mental health. A walk with the dog, a jog with a friend or just sitting amongst the trees can make us feel calmer and help us to reconnect with nature. The same goes for our children. Research from the University of East Anglia* showed that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits both physically and mentally.

Our children have had to cope with significant changes in the past year with limited chances to socialise, experience new and exciting things, and just be themselves. One way in which we can support young people is by spending time outdoors. We have lots of resources on our website for activities you can do in your local parks if you are a little stuck for ideas. Why not try our following our ‘Forest Bathing How To Guide’ with your children? It might give you a chance to talk about how it makes you feel and spark conversation about how they are feeling, or just give you all some quiet time to enjoy. We have also created a 'Bring The Outdoors In' activity guide which has ideas of how your family can stay connected with nature whilst your having to spend more time at home.

More information on Children’s Mental Health week can be found here.

*Source: Science Daily



Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a Café at Howe Park Wood ran by Grounds. The café is operating a takeaway only service until further notice.

  • Campbell Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Ouzel Valley Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

    Refreshments
    There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.

  • Stonepit Field

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Stonepit Field is the location for many events including wildflower walks and fossil hunts. It is also a great place for dog walking.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub.

  • Teardrop Lakes

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Part of the Loughton Valley Park, the four Teardrop Lakes are also a destination in their own right, providing fishing waters and a peaceful escape for those working in nearby offices.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at the Teardrop Lakes. The nearest shops are at Shenley Lodge and Shenley Church End local centres.

  • Willen Lake North

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Willen Lake North is home to one of Milton Keynes’ best-known landmarks, the first Peace Pagoda to be built in the western world - and to a rich and varied bird population.

    Refreshments
    Nearest refreshments are at the Lakeside Hotel and Cafe (weekends and school holidays) at South Willen Lake. The Camphill Community runs a vegetarian café opposite the main car park.

  • Nature inspired activities and resources which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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