The health benefits of visiting a public park and its contact with nature have been well documented. For those with walking disabilities, driving their mobility scooters through such relaxing and restorative green spaces can be just as therapeutic.
A leisurely, quiet mobility scooter drive through nature restores health and happiness as much as running or hiking through a park to stay fit. From the seat of a mobility scooter, every stop brings the serenity joggers will just run past. Parking the battery-operated scooter under a tree gives time to take the camera from the scooter’s basket to focus on weavers collecting grasses for nests, watch butterflies fly past, and to - more than just metaphorically - stop and smell the roses.
Living with the anguish of Covid-19, stressed people could not wait to get back to nature as lockdowns were eased. Mobility scooter owners were then able also to take their vehicles along the paved footpaths in public parks on drives so silent they could hear the birds sing. For those craving peace, parks are better than pills.
“There is no salve quite like nature for an anxious mind,” Richard Deverell, the director of Kew Botanical Gardens in London, wrote when he reluctantly had to close the world-renowned gardens when the pandemic was at its worst in London. Research at the University of Queensland in Australia concluded: “If everyone were to make time for nature, the savings on health care costs could be incredible”. Even politicians are beginning to use nature for votes with the UK’s Green Party suggesting that no new housing development should be allowed more than a kilometre from a public park.
Investing in a mobility scooter makes it easier for the physically disabled to go shopping. But for the times we live in, those wheels also reconnect them to an amazing free factor: natural outdoor healing for anxious minds.