Category Project progress

Therapeutic Nature: Call for Evidence

We are looking for information on nature based therapies for people with diagnosed mental health conditions from anyone involved with the commissioning, referral or delivery of the interventions. Call for Evidence Are you involved in delivering or referring to nature-based therapies aimed at people with diagnosed mental health conditions? If so, the European Centre for Environment […]

The Forest 404 experiment

Alex Smalley is collaborating with the BBC to consider how listening to nature could impact wellbeing. The study is one of the biggest investigations ever conducted into the therapeutic effects of sound and has launched alongside an innovative new BBC Radio 4 podcast called Forest 404. You can take part in the Forest 404 experiment […]

Therapeutic Nature project

We have been awarded funding from Defra to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. The new work is closely aligned with the MRC funded Nature on Prescription project. One of the key aims of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan is to help identify […]

Systematic review of indoor nature interventions for the health of older adults in residential settings

A new systematic review carried out by Nicky Yeo and colleagues and published in The Gerontologist found some evidence to suggest that involvement in active gardening and horticultural programmes can benefit the wellbeing of older adults in residential homes. Older adults living in residential homes are at risk of loneliness, hopelessness, and depression. There is […]

Greenspace and health job at ECEHH

One of our highly valued Greenkeeper team members is moving on to rather exciting pastures new so we are looking for someone with strong quantitative or spatial analysis skills to work with us on the final stages of the project. This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 30 September 2019. […]

Blog on the Green-Blue Spaces Study for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Our colleague Dr Amy Mizen, based at Swansea University Medical School, has written a blog for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales describing the NIHR funded Green-Blue Spaces Study. The team have also produced a short video on the outcomes of the first stakeholder workshop. The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales is responsible for delivering […]

Dorset Green Health

Mapping Access to Greenspace in Dorset for Health & Wellbeing The first six months of the collaborative project between ECEHH at the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health Dorset has resulted in an improved understanding of access to greenspaces across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. You can read about what we did and produced […]

Developing a nature-on-prescription intervention for people with common mental health conditions

Post by James Fullam, Nature on Prescription Research Fellow I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir (Naturalist and Founder of US National Parks) Thanks to the pioneering work of conservation groups, GPs, and academic researchers, there […]

“Meaningful occupation” for people living with dementia in care homes.

Katherine Strick, a PhD student at ECEHH, has written a blog to introduce her research… The need to be occupied in a meaningful way has been acknowledged as an intrinsic part of human nature. People seek occupation and activity for a vast array of reasons, and lack of access to occupation results in people’s well-being […]

Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future for Defra

The final report and research briefing for Becca’s fellowship with Defra have been published. An associated evidence statement was published earlier. The study focused on the interconnections between the natural environment and health, and the ways in which these are, or could be harnessed in policy and practice. The majority of the work was undertaken […]