Green Gym is a refreshing approach to outdoor exercise, designed by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to improve people's health and wellbeing and make a positive impact on the local environment.
During sessions the Council's Ranger Service leads volunteers on a range of conservation activities, teaching new skills whilst improving health and fitness. Sessions take place at several local public open spaces where volunteers carry out tasks such as woodland management, coppicing, clearance of scrub and invasive species, tree planting, hedge laying, dry stone walling, path building, fence building and general maintenance such as litter picking.
All training and equipment are provided. Sessions are led by the Council's Ranger Service.
Fitness Level Required:
All levels of fitness are welcome as tasks/activities can be tailored according to level of ability
What to Wear and Bring:
We recommend that volunteers should wear sturdy boots and layers of clothing suitable for the weather. Tea/coffee/squash are provided. Sun cream/hat are recommended during hot weather
Frequency of Sessions:
Sessions take place weekly
Duration of Each Session:
Each session usually lasts 3 hours but participants can stay for as long or short time as they like
Tasks take place within areas of public open space. Most areas are accessible by pathways but these may be uneven/undulating. Mobility Trampers are available for use at the Outwoods if required.
As with all physical activity there is a risk of injury. Volunteers are advised to seek advice from their doctor if they do not currently exercise or if they have any medical conditions
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult