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Thursday 12 November 2020

Why do trees make us happy?

Discover Forest Bathing in Tatton Park’s Gardens and follow our step-by-step beginner’s guide, set beneath some of the Gardens most treasured trees.

Forest Bathing on your doorstep

Tatton Park is the perfect place to learn more about Forest Bathing and the art of re-connecting with nature. The Parkland and Gardens boast 1000s of trees; some of which have been there for 100s of years, no doubt giving pleasure over the centuries of countless members of the Egerton family, estate workers, rangers, gardeners and more recently, visitors. But has anyone known why these trees made them happy?

From a feeling to a science

Shinrin-Yoku (the Japanese term for forest bathing) has been studied in Japan for over 30 years. Their research into the health-boosting properties of trees has looked at the pleasure we feel walking through a forest, or just sitting beneath a tree and taken it 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 is an invigorating introduction to Forest Bathing experience. Smell has a greater effect on our mind and body than any other sense. 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.

Visit safely

The Gardens and Parkland are open and ready to welcome you with new safety measures in place across the estate. To help ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors, we kindly ask you to follow the latest government advice on travel before you book to visit us.

If you are looking for a quieter experience, you may prefer to visit us mid-week if you can. All visits must be pre-booked online at

Book online now:

If you feel in need of a natural boost, book a ticket to Tatton Park’s Garden online at National Trust members are free to enter the Gardens but still need to book tickets and time slot online. (Parkland entry £7 still applies).

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