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Nearby Nature

Introducing UCL’s new map showcasing Nearby Nature spots in and around UCL.

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What is Nearby Nature?

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. 

Nearby Nature Map

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How can this benefit me?

  • 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.* 

Further reading 

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”

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How can I get involved? 

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! 

Map 1

Start and end point: Gower Street

Length: 1.5 miles (30 mins)

Map 2

Start and end point: Bidborough House

Length: 1.1 miles (25 mins)

Map 3

Start and end point: Great Ormond Street Hospital

Length: 1.8 miles (37 minutes)

Explore UCL's Nearby Nature map here

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