Dublin residents encouraged to visit Coillte Forests for National Walking Day on Sept. 27th

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Annual celebration as part of the European Week of Sport encourages
people to get out walking to benefit their physical and mental health
and wellbeing
Research shows that outdoor walking has been important for wellbeing
during the COVID19 pandemic

22 September 2020 Coillte is encouraging people in County Dublin to
participate in National Walking Day on Sunday, September 27th by
visiting one of their local Coillte forests.

National Walking Day aims to inspire people to get out and walk in
their local areas due to the great physical and mental wellbeing
benefits of walking. It is an initiative by Get Ireland Walking,
supported by Sport Ireland and takes place as part of the European
Week of Sport. Coillte is delighted to be involved and to support this
annual event by encouraging the public, regardless of age or ability,
to get active and stay local.

Dublin has 9 Coillte recreation forests which are open to the public.
To find out more about Coillte’s recreation offering visit
www.coillte.ie/our-forests/recreation-map/

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

“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.

“We know about the importance of walking in nature to members of the
public and the benefits for both physical and mental health. Our
forests offer a space where people can walk safely while maintaining
social distancing and abiding by COVID19 guidelines. Coillte wants to
encourage local residents in County Dublin 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 Ticknock or the Hellfire Club.”

Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign encourages the public to
engage with nature through outdoor activities to promote better mental
and physical health. Research shows that walking in natural
environments such as forests and woodlands can help to reduce stress
and improve wellbeing.

Share a photo or video of your walk on social media and tag
@GetIreWalking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags
#BeActive #NationalWalkingDay #WalkYourTown #WalkYourArea and
#HiddenGems.

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