Coillte is encouraging people in County Mayo to participate in National Walking Day this Sunday, September 27, by visiting one of their local Coillte forests.
National Walking Day aims to inspire people to get out and walk in their local areas due to the great physical and mental wellbeing benefits of walking.
It is an initiative by Get Ireland Walking, supported by Sport Ireland and takes place as part of the European Week of Sport. Coillte is delighted to be involved and to support this annual event by encouraging the public, regardless of age or ability, to get active and stay local.
Charlie Burke, recreation officer with coillte and co-ordinator of Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign said: "Coillte is proud to be Ireland’s leading provider of outdoor recreation activities, with more than 3,000 kilometers of trails, 260 recreation sites and 12 forest parks across the country.
"We know about the importance of walking in nature to members of the public and the benefits for both physical and mental health. Our forests offer a space where people can walk safely while maintaining social distancing and abiding by COVID19 guidelines.
"Coillte wants to encourage local residents in Mayo to take some time out of their day and enjoy their local landscape by participating in National Walking Day on Sunday, September 27, and visiting one of your local Coillte forests, like Belleek or Tourmakeady Woods."
Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign encourages the public to engage with nature through outdoor activities to promote better mental and physical health and refers to research which shows that walking in natural environments, such as forests and woodlands, can help to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
Share a photo or video of your walk on social media and tag @GetIreWalking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags #BeActive #NationalWalkingDay #WalkYourTown #WalkYourArea and #HiddenGems. To find out more about Coillte’s recreation offering visit www.coillte.ie/our-forests/recreation-map/