Thanks to a grant from 'Awards for All', the national lottery's Big Lottery fund, and the generosity of several other donors, The Centre for Sustainable Health Care is to facilitate the setting up of a Green Health Route in Marston, a suburb of Oxford, to encourage local people to get outside and use and enjoy their greenspace.
Marston, which is just outside the city centre, has many green spaces, parks, cycle paths and walks. The route highlights local greenspace and will be availalble to follow via signs and leaflets featuring a map. The aim is that local GPs will be able to use the route to prescribe exercise, but local community groups, a retirement home and schools are planning to get involved and use the space too. Of course, the route will also be available for people who want to exercise independently at their own pace and at their preferred time.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is also working with Go Active at Oxford City Council to encourage local residents to become health walk leaders, running weekly walks along the route.