Patients in Nottingham could soon be prescribed water-based recreational activities to improve their health. Paddleboarding and canal-side gardening are some examples of the past-times that could be suggested.

£50,000 has been given to a scheme called The Thriving Communities Project to help patients use the Beeston and Nottingham canals.

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Canoeing, paddleboarding, gardening, cookery classes and art lessons are just some of the activities that could be recommended by health professionals in Nottingham.

Jake Boswell

Jake Boswell, who owns a Paddleboard store, talks about the benefits of watersports

This type of prescription is called “social prescribing”, which is where individuals are advised to go to community groups, and takes a more holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing.