The West Wales Natural Health Services Network met for the first time on Thursday 15 October at Clynfyw Care Farm in Boncath.
More than 50 people attended the event, including those from mental and physical health backgrounds as well as education, outdoor recreation and other public and voluntary sector services.
The new West Wales Natural Health Services Network was launched recently.
The event was organised by Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park Authority and West Wales Action for Mental Health.
Those attending all recognised that experiences with nature or the outdoors can support and promote good health, be it physical, mental or both.
The new West Wales Natural Health Services Network offers peer support and guidance to those interested in this emerging area of health care and promotion.
National Park Authority Health and Tourism Policy Officer, Hannah Buck said: “The National Park Authority recognises that experiences with nature are essential to our health and well-being.
“It is really important to support high quality environments as they are fundamental to good human health. We are excited to be part of this broad and evolving area and look forward to the network’s future events.”
Angie Darlington of West Wales Action for Mental Health added: “It’s inspiring to be part of a network committed to making change and we look forward to seeing and supporting the development of projects on the ground.
“Time and time again here at West Wales Action for Mental Health we witness how interactions with nature are well placed to make health interventions meaningful, motivational and able to engage life-changing momentum for recipients.”
Jim Bowen, who hosted the event, said: “We were so pleased to welcome so many people here at Clynfyw Care Farm and to be able to show off our Natural Health Services in action. Every day we see their real worth here at the farm; offering a diverse range of learning skills and the development of social skills through practical activity as well as increasing the health and fitness of our participants. And it’s fun too!”
The West Wales Natural Health Service Network will be meeting again in spring 2016. If you would like more information about the network please contact Hannah Buck by emailing email@example.com.