Category Publications

Rapid review of evidence for England’s new Green Infrastructure standards

Natural England have published the rapid scoping review of evidence relating to the links between green infrastructure and health and wellbeing that we produced to inform the development of a Framework of Green Infrastructure Standards for England. The new Green Infrastructure Standards are one of the core commitments of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan […]

New paper: Representation of future generations in UK newspaper coverage of climate change

Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world today. It is also a problem that will disproportionately affect future generations. Yet children – both today’s, who are unable to vote, and those who are yet to be born – lack direct representation in society, relying on adults to speak for them. […]

Improving access to greenspace: A new review for 2020

Becca has worked with Public Health England to co-author their new report on improving access to greenspace. The report is an update of the earlier 2014 report and reviews evidence on the health benefits of living in greener communities, the impact on inequalities in health and makes recommendations to help Local Authorities, policymakers and developers […]

BlueHealth on the radio and new toolbox

Mat White and Jo Garret talked about the BlueHealth project on BBC Radio Four’s All in the Mind programme – you can listen to it on BBC Sounds (it starts at about 01:00) and here is the BBC’s description of the segment: Blue Health and well-being During lockdown many people have said how they value […]

New paper: Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

A new paper by Sian de Bell, Mat White and co working with the Royal Horticultural Society, and using data from Natural England, shows that spending time in the garden, whether to garden or relax, is beneficial for health and wellbeing. “This study of a representative sample of the English population demonstrates the link between […]

New paper: can ecological restoration lead to ecological and social benefits?

A new paper from Siân de Bell and colleagues at the University of York suggests that improving the natural environment can enhance the benefits it provides for wellbeing. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the restoration of an urban river, the Medlock in Manchester, was successful in improving the environment and whether […]

SWEEP Environmental Investment for Health Outcomes project webinar library

On this page we will post a library of links to our SWEEP project webinar recordings. Webinar 1: Public Health Dorset: Stories from the Healthy Places project The live stream of the webinar took place on Friday 6 December 2019. Rupert Lloyd from Public Health Dorset shared his insight into some of the work going […]

New: Demystifying Health Metrics Paper

Mat White and Deb Cracknell have coordinated the fourth paper in the VNP’s Demystifying Series: ‘Demystifying Health Metrics’. The paper aims to unpack quantitative measures of health & wellbeing to demonstrate the value of the natural environment for human health & wellbeing for the natural capital community. Members of the team worked on a previous […]

Does living near the coast help mitigate health inequalities?

New analysis of Health Survey for England data by Jo Garrett and colleagues suggests that living near the coast may help mitigate health inequalities in urban populations. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between mental health and coastal proximity (operationalised into five categories: (1) 0–1 km; (2) >1–5 km; (3) >5–20 km; (4) >20–50 km; […]

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 […]