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SWEEP Project Webinars – starting 6th Dec 2019 – Public Health Dorset

As part of the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) Environmental investment for health outcomes project, we’re hosting a series of webinars to share policy, practice and research stories from across the South West. Public Health Dorset: Stories from the Healthy Places project 06 December 2019, 1pm For our first webinar, we’re pleased to […]

Kicking off REGREEN

This week our EC Horizon 2020 Project REGREEN kicks off in earnest with our first full meeting of the partners in Aarhus, Denmark. We’ve been meeting under Olafur Eliasson’s amazing rainbow at the ARoS art museum for the first two days, making plans and thinking about how we get the most out of this 4 […]

Nature and Mental Health: An Ecosystem Service Perspective

We’ve been working with collaborators at Stanford and the University of Washington involved in the Natural Capital Project for a few years on how we can properly incorporate health and wellbeing into assessments of ecosystem services. There’s been a lot of other action in the UK and internationally on this topic over these few years, […]

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 […]