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Shmapped: help map The Outdoor City

Shmapped is an exciting new app that maps Sheffield's green spaces. The link between green spaces and healthier living is well-known, and this new project - Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) - aims to understand how different aspects of city living affect our wellbeing. Run by the Universities of Derby and Sheffield alongside the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, the project is looking for volunteers in Sheffield to help them gather data using a new app, Shmapped, which invites you to map the good things you see around the city.

By being a part of this community project, people in Sheffield have the chance to inform policy makers and town planners about how city spaces could be designed to improve our health and wellbeing in the future. Previous research has shown that spending time in green spaces and engaging with the natural world can make us both happier and healthier.

Sound up your street? Look out for their 'Talk & Walk' events across the city this summer, where you can hear a talk about the research behind the app followed by a guided walk led by local groups to try it out:

Monday 14th August: Meersbrook Park Guided Walk (11am-1pm), starting at Meersbrook Hall

Tuesday 15th August: Bingham Park Guided Walk (6.30pm-8.30pm), starting at Whiteley Wood Bowling Pavilion

Monday 21st August: Mount Pleasant Park Community Picnic (5.30pm-7.30pm), starting at the Old Junior School

Tuesday 22nd August: Photography Walk with Sheffield Flourish (12pm-2pm), starting at the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust HQ

Saturday 23rd September: Grenoside Woods Guided Walk (1pm-3.30pm), starting at The Grenoside Reading Room

Find out more on the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust website

Visit the project website