* Ken Skates AM with volunteers, Denbighshire Countryside Services staff, local councillors and schoolchildren.
Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates praised a local initiative aimed at encouraging exercise to tackle mental and physical health problems.
Nature for Health, created by Denbighshire Countryside Services and the council's housing team, aims to develop the concept of social prescribing, where healthcare professionals can refer patients to take part in exercise and activities to alleviate a range of health issues.
Mr Skates said: “I was pleased to attend and speak at the launch of Nature for Health in Llangollen – it’s a fantastic scheme. The activities bring people and communities together and encourage residents to take pride in their green spaces, which we’re incredibly lucky to have an abundance of locally. We’ve got the best outdoor gym in Wales on our doorstep!
He added: “Projects like this are vital and are a fantastic way to improve mental and physical wellbeing.”
Nature for Health is an 18-month pilot scheme improving access to nature in Denbighshire, with indications showing public engagement continues to increase since its launch.
Denbighshire Council Access and Recreation Officer Hannah Arndt said activities act as an ice-breaker for those who can find social situations difficult.
Volunteers can also learn skills such as dry stone walling and practical conservation.
Weekly sessions take place in Llangollen, Corwen, Prestatyn and Rhyl. For more information call the Llangollen office on 01824 712774 or the Rhyl office on 01824 708313.