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Imagine stepping into a green and tranquil place. Somewhere you feel free to switch off your phone, stop talking and just wander…
Our lives are hectic and we often find it difficult to truly relax. As well-documented research demonstrates, time spent in Nature can be very helpful. But could it be even more effective if we enjoyed it in silence? If, instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted, we listened to the birds and the sound of the breeze in the trees?
During the summer of 2016, the Landscape, Gardens and Health website hosted a pilot study, Silent Space. For a few hours a week, a variety of gardens reserved an area in which visitors were asked to switch off their phones. They were encouraged to sit or stroll in silence. No matter how busy the rest of the garden, they could enjoy the beauty of their surroundings without being disturbed by the human voice.
At the end of the summer, feedback was collected. The response from visitors and from garden staff was overwhelmingly positive. The knowledge gained is being used to help more gardens to set up their own Silent Space in 2017.
For more information visit the website of this not-for-profit project www.silentspace.org.uk
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