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The Importance of Nature on Mental Health 

Chris Packham, Springwatch presenter, has recently explained beautifully how important nature is for our mental health. It’s definitely worth a watch on BBC iPlayer 

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With people moving out of cities to areas with access to the countryside, Chris explains the science of our brains and what we need for good mental health. 

Getting close to nature is what people are choosing over the hustle and bustle of the big cities. He references a book by Emma Mitchell entitled, The Wild Remedy: 12 Months of Feeling Better In Nature. 

This is a great read for anyone living in built-up areas and considering buying a property closer to nature. The book provides the science behind why that might be a good idea! 

Larkfleet is building homes in some beautiful rural areas such as Oakham, Wittering, Market Deeping and Thorney, in Rutland, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. 

Wittering is a village about 3 miles south of the market town of Stamford. 

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Samantha Hart, Sales & Marketing Director at Larkfleet Homes, said: “We are very excited to have launched the much-anticipated Harriers Rest development in Wittering and to see such strong early interest. 

“It is a great development with a real community feel, offering that mixture of village living whilst being close to bustling towns and cities. By buying off-plan, our customers will have access to the best plots available and can choose from a suite of optional extras and fittings to truly personalise their new home.” 

A pretty market town rich in culture and history, Market Deeping is situated on the north bank of the River Welland – the location for an annual charity raft race that is not to be missed. Dotted with stone buildings, the town provides the perfect backdrop to its weekly market. 

Its Deeping Meadow development has already sold out but phase 2 is imminent, so sign up now to be notified when homes become available. 

If you are looking for a new home in rural surroundings, look no further. Rutland, Britain’s smallest county, was recently voted the best rural place to live in the UK by the Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey. And Oakham is the jewel in Rutland’s crown. 

A traditional, pretty market town, Oakham hosts a monthly Farmers’ Market, as well as a twice-weekly market with stalls selling local produce. Independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs are well supported in the town and there is a strong feeling of community. 

Farrier’s Reach is a stunning new development of stylish and energy efficient 2,3,4 and 5-bedroom contemporary family homes. 

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