Introducing UCL’s new map showcasing Nearby Nature spots in and around UCL.
One of the winning 'ideas pitch: Coming Back Better' at the 2022 Professional Services Conference.
During the pandemic, many of us reconnected with nature and being outside. Daily movement outside became a highlight during lockdown days.
Being back on campus is an opportunity to continue some of these healthy rituals, take breaks and get outdoors. Nearby Nature encourages the UCL community to do this. Use Google maps to find new nature spots and share your favourite ones and photos for others to enjoy.
- Breaks are beneficial to your wellbeing and productivity levels, giving you the time to recharge and be away from digital devices.*
- Spending time in nature, including urban green spaces, improves our mental health and feelings of wellbeing. It reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression and boosts attention, memory and creativity.*
Find out about the latest evidence from UCL academics on nature’s impact on health and wellbeing.
Read Mind’s guidance on how nature helps mental health.
Further reading on a report from Natural England reviewing evidence for the “links between natural environments and mental health”.
- Submit your favourite nearby nature spot to contribute to the Nearby Nature Map
- Share your photos to inspire others.
- Connect with nature and improve your mental wellbeing. Take a break and explore Nearby Nature spots.
Nearby Nature lunchtime trail maps for download
These are 'ready-made' maps available for you to download and use. Each map is a trail taking you to different areas surrounding campus with some interesting facts and features along the way!
Start and end point: Gower Street
Length: 1.5 miles (30 mins)
Start and end point: Bidborough House
Length: 1.1 miles (25 mins)
Start and end point: Great Ormond Street Hospital
Length: 1.8 miles (37 minutes)