Category Project progress

SWEEP x Agile Rabbit: Protecting nature – improving our health

On 13th October a collaboration between SWEEP Investing in Nature for Health and Agile Rabbit hosted an open online event Protecting nature – improving our health. In this free online event, we took a deep dive into the benefits nature provides us and what this means for how we protect the natural world, with perspectives […]

New UKPRP research funding: how urban greenspaces can contribute to tackling health inequalities

A team from ECEHH are part of a new £7.1m consortium funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to investigate the impact that nature can have in helping to prevent and reduce health inequalities in urban areas. Photo by Charles Parker from Pexels The project will be led by Dr Ruth Hunter Queen’s University […]

New Green Social Prescribing Resources

We have begun to collate a set of resources to support the evidence needs of Green Social Prescribing practitioners. On the pages you will find (hopefully) helpful evidence and resources to support green social prescribing. The topics are: Social prescribing Nature and health Mental health Health promotion Health inequalities Evaluation methods Volunteering Communities Systems working […]

Evaluating the Green Social Prescribing test and learn pilots

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 […]

Combining public health and environmental science to develop pollen forecasting

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 […]

Help inform the Unlocking Landscapes Network and map people’s responses to different landscapes

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, […]

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 […]

Engaging with birdlife

Authored by Sarah Bell and originally published on the Sensing Nature blog. Engaging with birdlife Why do we tune into the sounds of nature? What captures our attention and how do we relate to these soundscapes? These are some of the questions that we have explored during the Sensing Nature project; a two-year qualitative study […]

Help us Demystify Health Metrics

We have been awarded funding to develop a ‘Demystifying Health Metrics’ publication for the Valuing Nature Programme. Guidance on what Health Metrics are, how and when to use them, and what they are used for is one of the key concerns of the Valuing Nature Community. Appropriate use of health metrics is vital to demonstrating […]

Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new research project at ECEHH, ‘Informing environmental investment for health and wellbeing’ funded by the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP). SWEEP is a collaborative initiative which brings academics, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the many challenges involved in managing […]