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The Japanese craze set to takeover British woodland
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Comment posted by U15594146, at 13:34 8 Jul 2017
13:34 8 Jul 2017
Everything has to have a name nowadays. A gimmick. Forest bathing. Is that just like err sitting down in woods to relax? That we've been doing since early hominid times? Embarrassing. Cringeworthy. Sign of the times.
Comment posted by Jambo, at 15:26 8 Jul 2017
15:26 8 Jul 2017
One of the things that annoys me about walking through some of the many forrests around here in Monmouthshire is the amount of rubbish, empty drink cans and worst of all cigarette ends that people just dump in such beautiful surrounds, mind you once you close your eyes sitting leaning against a tree it all disappears and other senses take over 😴
Comment posted by ClarityClare, at 11:50 8 Jul 2017
11:50 8 Jul 2017
Trees are balm to the soul, just being among them is relaxing and de-stressing. Not sure why you need 'a centre' to provide this. Just go walking in woods, sit on a fallen trunk, breathe in the gentle sounds of nature ...
Comment posted by KellyJo, at 16:12 8 Jul 2017
16:12 8 Jul 2017
@ Jambo. ME too! I live in the states in Louisiana so I am fortunate that I have 3 bayous near my home. I go almost every day with my dog and everyday I bring trash out with me. I am always astounded at the arrogance and lack of respect. I have seen people walking and just throw a Styrofoam cup, a coffee cup, or a bottle and never mind all of the plastic i see. Cigarette cartons. Why does one go walk in t e woods and smoke anyway? Isn't that an oxymoron? into the woods off the path. I cannot for the life of me understand it. You go out to enjoy the beauty then ruin it with your rubbish? They do not understand respect IMO. But, I just pick it up and move on with an apology to Mother Nature. I am surprised she hasn't kicked us out yet.
Comment posted by golfgirl, at 19:30 8 Jul 2017
19:30 8 Jul 2017
I agree with Jambo, people should take all their rubbish away, we seem to think that it okay to throw litter in places that is of the beaten track, a number of dog walker also think it okay for their dog to leave 'parcels' behind, pick it up folks and bin it, keep it clean for those who enjoy the outdoors, wild life and yourselves.
Comment posted by Emma, at 10:18 9 Jul 2017
10:18 9 Jul 2017
No one should be trying to make money out of this. Going for a walk in the woods to relax and enjoy nature is nothing new. It should continue to be free to all, and no one needs to be told how to do it! Like another commenter said, a sign of the times.
Anyway, rant over - has anyone ever tried listening to trees? It works best in spring on a sunny, slightly breezy day. PIck a slim tree with smooth bark and carefully place your ear against it and listen. If you get the right tree on the right day, you will hear its sap whooshing and bubbling. I have heard the sap of young willow trees, birches, copper beeches, whitebeams and oaks in the last few weeks and it is magical. Try it!
Comment posted by Jane, at 22:59 7 Jul 2017
22:59 7 Jul 2017
I enjoy walking and I've noticed over recent years that I feel cheated if part of the walk doesn't include some woodland. Beech woods are my favourite and I have several jogging routes which enable me to run through them. I feel immediately more peaceful and happy when i hit the soft, leafy path, see the dappled light and feel the tree canopy above me.
Comment posted by rayfagan, at 19:46 9 Jul 2017
19:46 9 Jul 2017
I regularly cycle in the woods. Always feel refreshed and calmer. I know people will rant about cyclists but in Blair Adam (Scotland), we cyclistals stick to our trails, walkers stick to theirs, harmony ensues. The dog walkers pick up the poo, the cyclists give way to the horse folks, the walkers smile and nod to everyone. Dogs should be kept on leads, they disturb the wildlife who won't be fed every day and running away from your demented pooch could mean the difference between survival and not, especially in winter.
Comment posted by Lawrence, at 23:31 8 Jul 2017
23:31 8 Jul 2017
People have been relaxing in Forests for years, so how is this a new craze? Been doing it myself for as long as I can remember, even to the point of camping in the forest near where I live. Seems the Japanese craze is much more outdated than everyone thinks!
Comment posted by Eugene, at 08:37 9 Jul 2017
08:37 9 Jul 2017
Seriously? this is a trend now? it has to taken the Japanese to tell the world this is good for you? what happened to common sense?
Comment posted by Elmo, at 05:52 11 Jul 2017
05:52 11 Jul 2017
So, going wondering around our forests, taking in the sights, sounds and smells, appreciating the peace and tranquility is new is it and is a craze from Japan? This is very, very poor and lazy reporting. This isn't a new craze, far from it; this, the Brits, have been doing this for decades.
Comment posted by Rob1971, at 11:20 9 Jul 2017
11:20 9 Jul 2017
The problem with the Forest of Dean now, is that them must make money, so more runners and cyclists are decending there. You try and take your dog for a nice walk and you are constantly trying to avoid runners and cyclists, who think they have a priority over everyone else.
The Forest is about nature, not sport. There are tracks and roads for running and cycling. Stick to them.
Comment posted by DiDa, at 12:27 10 Jul 2017
12:27 10 Jul 2017
This is hardly new !!!
Walking in Forests, green fields and being out doors in general has been known for ages to be the best tonic... that's why Brits love doing it and why we value our green lands so highly.
Comment posted by fekete, at 04:16 10 Jul 2017
04:16 10 Jul 2017
Err, talk about the obvious! Someone's taking money off the gullible here. Everyone knows that a country walk, or any walk, relaxes you!
Comment posted by Comm83, at 22:12 9 Jul 2017
22:12 9 Jul 2017
I love bathing in the forest. Nothing more relaxing than laying on uneven rough ground with ants crawling up your shorts.
Comment posted by U16530999, at 17:41 9 Jul 2017
17:41 9 Jul 2017
17 Robert Card
Read your history books. The Highlands of Scotland have been populated, depopulated and stripped of vegetation by sheep and deer for centuries. Enjoy the relative peace and open spaces, but don't kid yourself it has been unspoilt by man.
Comment posted by One more voice, at 14:56 8 Jul 2017
One more voice
14:56 8 Jul 2017
Woods are great and here in the UK on a nice day you will always see many people enjoying them. You need to get out more Chris 😉
Comment posted by diamondlil56, at 14:31 8 Jul 2017
14:31 8 Jul 2017
"It's becoming a huge industry for visitors too. One company based out of Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, is reportedly charging up to £2,500 for eight days of forest bathing respite."
There you go..................!!!
Comment posted by SarahMc, at 13:21 8 Jul 2017
13:21 8 Jul 2017
Thanks to recent research
we find that forests and woods behave as one organism and trees communicate to and collaborate with each other, particularly if their neighbours are compatible.
When I walk through stands of trees, I am excited by the mystery of woods.
Comment posted by mutantcarrot, at 14:46 10 Jul 2017
14:46 10 Jul 2017
I used to know this as "camping with my mates at weekends". Obviously take your rubbish home with you.
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