Gym and sports centres don’t appeal to everyone as a way of keeping fit. The UK organization BTCV, founded in 1959 and the UK’s largest practical conservation charity, brings us the marvellous social invention of the Green Gym.
The gym gets people from all ages and walks of life out working on conservation – planting hedges, creating and maintaining community gardens, improving footpaths etc.
You can join for an hour or more a week on a weekly or twice-weekly basis. Experienced leaders guide you in practical skills and encourage you to work to your own capabilities.
Health professionals recommend the gym to their patients as a way of reducing the risk of heart disease.
The initiative is run by BTCV. Founded in 1959 it is the UK’s largest practical conservation charity. 130,000 volunteers take hands-on action each year to improve the rural and urban environment.
BTCV also offers a global programme of Conservation Holidays which offer a rewarding experience working with communities and local volunteers in marvellous locations from the Broads to the Shetlands, the Ulster Way to the Cotswolds and internationally to places as diverse as Nepal, Ecuador, Australia and the Gambia.
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