Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world today. It is also a problem that will disproportionately affect future generations. Yet children – both today’s, who are unable to vote, and those who are yet to be born – lack direct representation in society, relying on adults to speak for them. […]

Becca has worked with Public Health England to co-author their new report on improving access to greenspace. The report is an update of the earlier 2014 report and reviews evidence on the health benefits of living in greener communities, the impact on inequalities in health and makes recommendations to help Local Authorities, policymakers and developers […]

Mat White and Jo Garret talked about the BlueHealth project on BBC Radio Four’s All in the Mind programme – you can listen to it on BBC Sounds (it starts at about 01:00) and here is the BBC’s description of the segment: Blue Health and well-being During lockdown many people have said how they value […]

A new paper by Sian de Bell, Mat White and co working with the Royal Horticultural Society, and using data from Natural England, shows that spending time in the garden, whether to garden or relax, is beneficial for health and wellbeing. “This study of a representative sample of the English population demonstrates the link between […]

Sarah Bell, working with Clare Hickman of Newcastle University, won funding from the AHRC for a Unlocking Landscapes Network. They are now seeking your input. They are asking people from across the UK to help capture varied meanings and experiences of ‘landscape‘. Sarah and Clare are inviting contributions which could include short stories, poems, sketches, […]

The next in the series of SWEEP project seminars will be taking place on the 22nd May 2020, 11.30-12.30 For our next webinar, we’re welcoming Orlando Rutter, Head of Outreach & Understanding at Dartmoor National Park Authority. Orlando will talk about findings from the Dartmoor Naturally Healthy project which explored the variety of routes and activities through […]

The BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor looked at whether time spent in nature benefits mental health and ran a small experiment testing the recent finding, reported in one of Mat and co’s recent papers, that people who report spending 120 mins or more in nature over the last week had consistently higher levels of health […]

A new paper from Siân de Bell and colleagues at the University of York suggests that improving the natural environment can enhance the benefits it provides for wellbeing. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the restoration of an urban river, the Medlock in Manchester, was successful in improving the environment and whether […]

On this page we will post a library of links to our SWEEP project webinar recordings. Webinar 1: Public Health Dorset: Stories from the Healthy Places project The live stream of the webinar took place on Friday 6 December 2019. Rupert Lloyd from Public Health Dorset shared his insight into some of the work going […]

Join us for our second SWEEP project webinar on 31st January 2020, 1-2pm Environmental investment for health outcomes: what does the evidence say? Dr Becca Lovell, Lecturer in Biodiversity and Healthy Policy at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, will be presenting our second webinar. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the […]