Connect with Nature

Blog — Connect with Nature


Brunswick is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.  This year’s theme is all about Connecting with Nature, and we want to inspire you to connect with nature in new ways and notice the impact this can have for your mental health.

Connecting might be as a simple as tending to a house plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about your favourite nature spot.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re encouraging you to do two things:

Take time to grow your connection with nature. Take time to notice nature in your daily life, you might be surprised by what you see! Check out our list below to discover local nature spots.

Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others.  Tag us in @BrunswickShopping, use the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Nature & Wildlife in

Would it surprise you that Scarborough is home to an array of Nature spots teaming with wildlife? It shouldn’t. Browse the list below for more information on all nature and wildlife experiences on offer in Scarborough.

Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park is an oriental themed park offering a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens. There is a vast array of wildlife including an abundance of tame grey squirrels. Don’t forget your peanuts!

Royal Albert Park
Coastal open space with a difference with spectacular views from many cliff walks, geological interest, skate park and cafe.

Oliver’s Mount and Mere Country Park
Oliver’s Mount is 500ft above sea level with excellent views across the whole of Scarborough town and up towards the coast and country. Scarborough Mere is a natural lake nearby popular with walkers and anglers.

Burton Riggs Nature Reserve
The large, open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months.

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind
Shuttleworth Garden offers a ‘Garden For The Blind’, which is planted with very strongly fragrant flowers for the blind to enjoy.

Betton Farm Play Park and Farm
Something to see for all the family, meet farmyard friends, ride on toy tractors, play in the play area. Enjoy farm baking and home cooking in our restaurant.

Falsgrave Park
Falsgrave Park is valuable community green space, attracting visitors from all over Scarborough to its play area, scenic variety, woodland splendour and stunning coastal views.

Valley Gardens 
Ornamental gardens close to the town centre including duck pond, Museum and Art Gallery garden, Design a Flowerbed Competition, and Daffodil trail.

South Cliff Gardens
A coastal garden and woodland boasting pleasant walks with plenty of seating and spectacular views, Italian gardens and small pocket parks such as Shuttleworth Garden and Prince of Wales Terrace.

Harland Mount Nature Reserve
Set on a steep hill ascending out of Scarborough, this rough acid pasture and scrub woodland nature reserve offers beautiful views across the town and over the sea.

Sea Life
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Humble Bee Farm
Humble Bee Farm is a Yorkshire Wolds working arable, sheep and cattle farm. Its picturesque setting is ideal to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Boasting stunning views to the valley bottom it is surrounded with wildlife.

Playdale Farm Park
This attraction is a must for everyone come rain or shine. Our attractions include an animal barns and feeding area, outdoor and indoor play areas, paddocks, undercover picnic area, cafe, and gift shop.

Looking after your mental health

One in four of us will experience difficulties in our mental health at some point in our lives. Significant events, or a build-up of stresses, such as workplace problems, a change in life circumstances, a traumatic event or a specific phobia could lead to difficulties managing our mental wellbeing. Problems with low mood, depression and anxiety can develop and make it difficult for us to cope with life’s daily demands.


Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind

The Spencer Suite
Falsgrave Community Resource Centre
Seamer Road
YO12 4DJ

Telephone: (01723) 356562
Information line: (01723) 356562 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm)

Scarborough Survivors

Mental Health Resource Centre
9 Alma Square
YO11 1JR

01723 500222


Samaritan House
40 Trafalgar Street West
YO12 7AS

116 123 free from any phone
0330 094 5717 local call charges apply

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