BTCV wins grant to boost fitness via its green gym scheme

Conservation charity BTCV has been awarded a government grant of £120,000 to support its outdoor 'green gyms', which aim to improve people's health and fitness through taking part in practical conservation.

The news comes amid growing government concern about rising obesity, and was announced in the same week that chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson launched a report on physical activity that promotes everyday household chores such as mowing the lawn and gardening, alongside more rigorous sporting activities.

The Home Office Active Communities Unit issued the grant to BTCV to help raise the profile of the green gyms, which now comprise 50 groups across the UK working on tree planting and community gardens.

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