Author Archives: benedictwheeler

Identifying the grass pollen that gets up your nose

The vegetation in our rural and urban environments is not entirely benign. An important health impact associated with the plants around us arises due to allergies to pollen – from trees, weeds and importantly, grasses. Pollen allergies impact large numbers of people, and can be particularly problematic for those with severe allergic rhinitis (hayfever) or […]

Planetary Health at the Commons Environmental Audit Committee

Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Prof Lora Fleming, gave evidence this week on the subject of Planetary Health at the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. With Prof Howie Frumkin and Prof Sir Andy Haines also on the panel giving evidence, a wide range of topics on the interconnections between […]

Biodiversity, health and wellbeing in Cornwall’s Public Open Space

Since 2015, we have been working with colleagues at Cornwall Council on a project Biodiversity, Health and Wellbeing in Cornwall’s Public Open Space, instigated by the Council’s ecology and public open spaces teams. The idea behind this work has been to use our research on these topics to help inform how Cornwall’s public open spaces […]

Exploring green/blue space and time using geonarratives

Blog by Sarah Bell A growing evidence base highlights ‘green’ and ‘blue’ spaces, such as parks, gardens, woodlands, beaches and rivers, as examples of ‘therapeutic landscapes’ incorporated into people’s lives to promote and maintain a sense of wellbeing. However, being ‘too busy’ and unable to find time is one of the most frequently cited reasons for not visiting […]

Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?

This is a joint posting from Beyond Greenspace and the Ageing & Physical Activity blog. Selected slides from the seminar are available to download – linked from the presenters’ names below. On 1st July, we held a seminar titled Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?  This was our 6th event in the series “More of […]

Seminar 1st July, London:Outdoor natural environments: An active space for the older adult?

As part of our ESRC-funded seminar series “More of the same is not enough”: New Directions in Ageing and Physical Activity, we’re holding a seminar in London on 1st July 2016 on natural environments and older people’s physical activity. The seminar is free to attend, but registration is essential – you can register here. The seminar […]

Ecological study – the Census

Beyond greenspace: an ecological study of population general health and indicators of natural environment type and quality This study was published in the International Journal of Health Geographics and is available open access here. For small areas across Britain (each containing about 1500 people), we calculated indicators of: The % of land covered by various […]