RESIDENTS of Malpas are being invited to take part in 'Wellbeing Walks' as part of a number of initiatives being launched for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which launches on Monday, May 10.

The week aims to raise awareness of mental health and this year's theme is nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

The council is encouraging people to celebrate the mental health benefits of being around nature in their community in a range of digital and creative ways.

One of these ways is via virtual walks, organised by the Canal and River Trust.

These will include the Shropshire Union Canal and the Weaver Navigation.

Regular Wellbeing Walks will also be available in Malpas.

Council Leader and Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: "Since the beginning of the pandemic, many of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

"During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area?

"Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby.

"Take a moment to appreciate all the nature around you.

"We have a range of activities planned led by our Library staff and Health Rangers – get involved and find a new way to boost your wellbeing.

"Regular activities include craft sessions, our 'Not a reading group' and 'On-line Elevenses'."

To find out more about the events and walks led by the health ranger team, contact