People encouraged to visit forests as part of National Walking Day

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People across Galway are being asked to participate in National Walking Day on Sunday, 27 September, by visiting one of Coillte’s local forests.

National Walking Day aims to inspire people to get out and walk in their local areas to experience the great physical and mental wellbeing benefits of walking.

Coillte says it is delighted to support the annual event by encouraging the public, regardless of age or ability, to get active and stay local.

“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,” said Charlie Burke, Recreation Officer with Coillte and co-ordinator of Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign.

“We know about the importance of walking in nature to members of the public and the benefits for both physical and mental health.”

The initiative by Get Ireland Walking is supported by Sport Ireland, and takes place as part of the European Week of Sport.

“Our forests offer a space where people can walk safely while maintaining social distancing and abiding by COVID19 guidelines,” added Charlie Burke.

“Coillte wants to encourage local residents in County Galway to take some time out of their day and enjoy their local landscape by participating in National Walking Day on 27th September and visiting one of your local Coillte forests, like Derroura or Monivea.”

Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign encourages the public to engage with nature through outdoor activities to promote better mental and physical health.