Working with researchers at The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Plymouth we have been funded to evaluate the Government’s flagship Green Social Prescribing test and learn pilots programme. Social prescribing and community-based support enables GPs, other health and care practitioners and local agencies to refer people to a link worker […]

The SWEEP Investing in Nature for Health project team developed a summary report of the breadth of funding mechanisms available for green infrastructure and the activities provided in these spaces. The report includes examples of some traditional, but mainly alternative, funding streams, and presents case studies that highlight their successful application. The report also raises […]

A few years ago we produced two What Works briefings on natural environment and health or educational interventions for Defra. These reports followed on from the earlier work we did for the Department and related closely to the content and delivery of the Government’s A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment […]

Things have been a bit quiet lately on the Beyond Greenspace blog; what with one thing and another the team have been pretty busy with teaching and keeping research projects on-track. But here’s some lowdown on a paper on grass pollen, allergies and asthma published today from our NERC PollerGEN project with colleagues at Bangor […]

The SWEEP Investing in nature for health project are excited to officially launch the Investing in Nature for Health hub and forum. The SWEEP Investing in Nature project is specifically addressing government’s need for greater understanding of how investing in the environment can benefit our health. Working with partners across the South West, it informs […]

Becca is a co-supervisor on a NERC GW4+ DTP PhD Studentship opportunity now open for applications ‘Developing sustainable options for reducing the concentration of pharmaceuticals entering the environment’ This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) for entry in […]

As part of our role as the WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health, Ben presented at a WHO webinar on environmental health inequalities on 19th October 2020. It was a good opportunity to link up with the range of organisations and people working in this area, especially our colleagues from the WHO Collaborating […]

Natural England have published the rapid scoping review of evidence relating to the links between green infrastructure and health and wellbeing that we produced to inform the development of a Framework of Green Infrastructure Standards for England. The new Green Infrastructure Standards are one of the core commitments of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan […]

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 […]