Category Publications

‘Threshold’ of 120 minutes in nature for health?

New analysis of Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with Natural Environments data has found that spending 120 mins or more in nature each week may be a ‘threshold’ for health and wellbeing gain. Mat White and colleagues focused on the associations between self-reported time spent in natural environments for recreation in the last seven days and […]

New paper: Fostering human health through ocean sustainability in the 21st century

Mat, Lora and Mike, with Bruce Maycock of Curtin University, Australia, have called for an equivalent effort to the ‘Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC)’, to gather global evidence and to promote collaborative action on behalf of the global ocean and human health and wellbeing. The Perspectives paper in the British Ecological Society‘s journal People […]

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 […]

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 […]

New book: Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing

Members of the Beyond Greenspace team have contributed to a new book on the roles of bluespace in promoting health and wellbeing. The book is part of Routledge’s Geographies of Health Series. The Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing book considers the many relationships between water, health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the aspects […]

Paper on the potential of healthy urban microbiome initiatives

Becca has co-authored a paper with colleagues from the Universities of Tasmania and Adelaide and Public Health Dorset highlighting the potential of urban microbiome initiatives for promoting public health. In the paper we suggest that: “…Urban green spaces have a clear benefit to both environmental and human health. The mechanisms behind this connection are not […]

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 […]