Author Archives: benedictwheeler

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 […]

What Accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’?

What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? A panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England This study was published here in Landscape and Urban Planning. The point of this piece of work was to investigate links between health and the natural environment in rural areas. Since rural areas […]

Beyond Greenspace – Findings and a Film

We’ve recently published two key papers from the Beyond Greenspace project. As part of the project we also made a short film to discuss what the project is about, and the wider context in which it sits. Grab some popcorn and watch the film, then have a read about some of the key findings from […]