A survey held recently revealed an incredible amount of support for recreational activities such as shooting and walking. The Campaign for National Parks survey was made up of a list of 23 different activities, and each were voted for by those living and working both inside and outside of one of the 15 National Park Areas in the UK. The first category included in the survey were those who lived and worked within the National Parks, who voted shooting as their third favourite recreational activity, whilst walking and observing wildlife took the top two spots. The second category addressed those who live and work outside of National Parks, and the survey revealed that they also voted walking as their top activity, whilst shooting was in a close second place. “It is great that shooting is so popular within National Parks, both with residents and visitors, because we know that wherever game shooting is popular it brings jobs, investment, beautiful landscapes and conservation benefits,” commented the Countryside Alliance head of shooting, Liam Stokes. “Of course, well-managed shooting in the uplands and lowlands increases the amount of wildlife to be seen, so shooting is supporting the favourite activities of those who shoot and those who don’t.” he added. It is great to see such a tremendous response of support for the sport, particularly as partridge shooting season gets underway. Take a look at our men’s shooting jackets and woman’s shooting jackets to ensure that you are prepared for a successful season! Image: Peter O’Connor aka anemoneprojectors/Flickr under Creative Commons
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A recent National Trust survey has found that a walk in autumn colours helps to boost your mood, with 84% of those asked saying that autumn walks make them feel healthier, happier and calmer. The National Trust polled over a thousand people for the research, used during the launch of their Great British Walk 2014 scheme. Winter is often the bluest time of the year for many, with 43% of people saying that they felt more under the weather in the winter months. 71% of people said that an autumn walk helped to boost their mood, but 48% remarked that they didn’t go for enough walks during the autumn — the good news of an autumn walk’s mood-boosting properties may help to change this for the better. Colour psychologist Angela Wright explains that the colours of autumn are powerful in improving the mood, with their rich light and intense colours working to brighten the spirits. Alongside the firey colours of autumn, the fresh air, exercise and escape that comes with an autumn nature walk provides added benefits. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather today, an autumn walk in the scenic countryside may be just the fix, and follow that up with a look at our fabulous new Autumn ladies country clothing range.