The woodland at Forth Valley Royal Hospital was once part of the private grounds of Larbert House – now everyone can enjoy them. The paths are firm and dry, with lots of seating and rest areas. Take a break and listen to the birds singing or spot which wild flowers are blooming. You might even spot a deer passing through the woods or see swans swimming in the lochan.
Information boards have been installed with details of local walking routes which range from a short 15 min stroll longer walks through the woodland. ‘LochPower’ sign boards have also been installed with details of simple strength and balance exercises which you can do when you are out and about. The walk round the loch itself is half a mile and takes around 15 mins to complete which makes it easier to fit in between appointments or during breaks. It is also a great walk for patients and visitors as it is only a few minutes from the main entrance and has the added advantage of being located within peaceful woods with lots of lovely wildlife. It has been shown that spending time and exercising in greenspaces has real benefits for your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing. So why not take some to walk or cycle around the loch and wider woodland area and pause for a few moments to do some, or all, of the simple exercises highlighted.
Forestry Commission Scotland manages the woodland. For more information or to arrange group visits and activities please contact the community ranger at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0300 067 6700.