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The Green Gym at Gorse Hill Covert, Loughborough is transforming the local area ready for spring.
Volunteers have been working hard to get the area looking its best in time for the warmer weather.
The gym is run by Charnwood Borough Council and offers free sessions for residents to learn practical conservation skills and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
At Gorse Covert the volunteers have been creating paths so that local residents can walk through the area, and they have installed bird boxes and cleared fallen trees.
Helen Thomas, 45 from Loughborough has been a member of the gym for over a year and said: “I suffer from depression, and one of the recommendations to help was to get outdoors.
“I saw a flyer for the Green Gym and decided it looked like more fun than a regular one!
“It’s been incredibly satisfying to see what I can achieve and there’s the positivity of working with other people too.
“It’s something to look forward to and when suffering with depression it’s good to have that every week and to feel like I’m part of the community.”
Councillor Hilary Fryer, Cabinet Member for Open Spaces, said: “We started the Green Gym last year and it’s been fantastic to see how many people have joined so far.
“We currently have 10 volunteers who have learnt skills like cutting back trees and planting new ones, sowing seeds and building pathways.
“It’s a great way for people to get some exercise and fresh air but it’s also an opportunity to look after your mental wellbeing while helping to improve the local area.”
The classes are supported by the national organisation The Conservation Volunteers which established the scheme.
The Green Gym meets at the entrance to Gorse Covert off Stewart Drive, LE11 5RU every Wednesday, 10am-1pm.
There are activities to suit all ages and abilities and volunteers can join for an hour up to three hours at a time.
For more information visit: http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/green_gym