Wood shack at Hampstead Heath, photo by PH Morton
Hampstead Heath, photo by JMorton
I love this Manet-like impressionism photo at Hampstead Heath by PH Morton
Forest Bathing @ Hampstead Heath
Forest bathing has become an accepted form of relaxation and stress management in Japan. It was started in the mid-80s.
But what is forest bathing?
It involves going into a woody land or forest, a green space, and hike leisurely; relax and breathe in all the freshness and negative ions, the so-called air-borned vitamins’, given off by the surrounding trees and plants.
Let all the stress of the day melt in the comparative embraces of the forest.
In London, there is a woodland called Hampstead Heath, a 320 hectares of open, green space perfect for forest bathing, among other things. It is a place for a great family bonding. There are numbers of ponds, there is even a ‘secret garden’ which is architecturally excellent. It also covers a natural swimming pool for ladies and also for men, there are the Parliament Hill, the Kenwood House, Highgate pond, etc.
Be astounded at how great Hampstead Heath is, when it is just 6 kilometres away from the very busy bustling city centre of London, the Trafalgar Square.
It is a place for biodiversity: human meets natures and wildlife in a capsule of forested heath.
So Londoners, now the weather outside is no longer frightful, put on your walking shoes and have a forest bath!