Why do trees make us happy?
Tatton Park is the ideal place to learn more about ‘forest bathing’ and the art of re-connecting with nature.
The parkland and gardens boast thousands of trees; some of which have been there for hundreds of years.
They no doubt gave pleasure, over the centuries, to countless members of the Egerton family, estate workers, rangers, gardeners and more recently Tatton Park’s many visitors.
But has any of these people known why the trees made them feel happy?
From a feeling to a science
Shinrin-Yoku (the Japanese term for forest bathing) has been studied in Japan for over 30 years.
Research into the health-boosting properties of trees has looked at the pleasure we feel when walking through a forest, or just sitting beneath a tree.
It’s been taken from a feeling to a science – it has been scientifically proven that spending time beneath trees reduces stress levels, lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, boosts your immune system and increases feelings of happiness.
A beginner’s guide: the power of pine trees
The pinetum in Tatton Park’s garden offers an invigorating introduction to the forest bathing experience.
Smell has a greater effect on our mind and body than any other sense. So, take a log seat beneath the towering trees and breathe in the scent of pine.
Pick up cones and needles from the floor – or even run your hands along the branches.
Pine resins can help many ailments, but are especially helpful for easing breathing problems and aching muscles.
The gardens and parkland are open and ready to welcome you, but there are some new safety measures in place across the estate.
To help ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and visitors, Tatton Park’s bosses are kindly asking visitors to follow the latest government advice on travel before you book your visit.
If you are looking for a quieter experience, you may prefer to visit mid-week if you can.
All visits must be pre-booked online.