Set your challenge is a great way to improve your physical and mental health and help raise money to keep our woods and trees healthy at the same time.
What is set your challenge?
Set your challenge is a way to boost your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the UK’s trees and woods. You might want to climb a mountain, walk 10,000 steps a day, run a marathon or simply do something different in nature that benefits you and keeps you healthy. It doesn’t have to be huge - it can be whatever will motivate you to improve your wellbeing. In completing your challenge, we would like you to stand with us and fundraise for the Woodland Trust, to help us support the wellbeing of our trees and woods.
Why setting a woodland challenge matters
There is strong evidence for the role of natural spaces in delivering improved health and wellbeing, and how being connected with nature can have a positive impact on the way we feel. It’s been proved that people recover faster in hospitals when they can see trees, and performance in schools is better with trees too.
Remember it is your challenge, so you should get something out of it too! By doing it in green space and fundraising for the Woodland Trust, you are helping woods and trees as well as yourself. Your efforts will give you the positive effects of being outdoors in nature and help to create, protect and restore woodland.
Al Nash set his challenge this year by choosing to run the London Marathon and fundraising for the Woodland Trust. As if that wasn’t tough enough, he did it all dressed as a tree! Al aimed to raise money while highlighting the benefits of UK woods and the issues that threaten their wellbeing.
His fantastic efforts have raised around £3,000 and this could help us plant up to 1000 new trees, or safeguard an ancient wood for years to come.
Another person passionate about woods and trees is Jo. For her 80th birthday she set herself the challenge of completing her first skydive and in doing so raised a massive £2000 for the Trust.
Choose your challenge
Your challenge doesn’t have to be as big as this to make a difference! There is a challenge out there for everyone - it could be a visit to a different wood every day for a week. It’s up to you to choose what you’re capable of. Whatever you decide, every pound you can raise will help protect the wellbeing of our precious woods and trees, as well as boosting your own wellbeing and making you feel good that you’re making a difference for our environment.