At the moment, I live in the woods and for me it is absolutely fantastic. I can watch the seasons change, and wake up to the sounds of birds - this morning blackcap, blackbird, robin, wren, nuthatch and as I opened my eyes, and sat up, a fox cub came through the undergrowth and trotted off into the trees. At night I hear tawny owl and watch badgers, and bats. I have a garden for flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables and if I cannot get out into it, or am unable to watch the birds or animals, I feel a bit rubbish.
It is Chelsea Flower Show week, and the presenters were actually talking about this very subject - the effects of being outdoors, walking in woodlands and generally the benefits that green spaces have on our mental health. I would like to live in a world, where nature is positively glorified! I get so irritated by listening to people who have to cut down, spray, discourage, get rid of, kill etc etc. How wonderful it would be to have doctors prescribe walking, gardening or wildlife watching, instead of pills! How much more likely are we to survive as a species, if we admit that we too are animals and the creatures that live outside are our younger brothers and sisters!