Category Publications

New paper: Applying an ecosystem services framework on nature and mental health to recreational blue space visits across 18 countries

The latest paper from the now completed BlueHealth project has been published Open Access in the journal Scientific Reports. The findings provide valuable insights into how different aspects of blue space visits can influence people‚Äôs reported mental well-being. Ecosystem services (ESS) are the contributions to individuals and society that result from the natural environment and […]

Beyond Greenspace and wider ECEHH team papers

I finally updated the page listing our published papers. The page has papers on lots of topics relating to the linkages between nature and health that have been published by many of the people working at ECEHH: Hope they are useful!

New paper: A typology for urban Green Infrastructure

The latest paper from the REGREEN project has been published Open Access in the journal Nature-Based Solutions. It sets out a typology of urban Green Infrastructure which aims to help design and plan new Green Infrastructure. The paper was led by Prof Laurence Jones from UKCEH, and involved several co-authors from the University of Exeter. […]

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 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 […]

Therapeutic nature project report published

The final report, and research briefing, for the Defra funded Therapeutic Nature: Nature-based social prescribing for diagnosed mental health conditions in the UK project has been published. The 12 month project aimed to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. Background The Therapeutic Nature project […]

Nature on Prescription Handbook published

The nature based social prescribing team, led by James Fullam and Ruth Garside, have published a new “Nature on Prescription Handbook” aimed at providers of group nature-based interventions that target common mental health conditions, and that are (or will be) delivered via social prescribing schemes. The content will also be of interest to link workers, […]

Nature, biodiversity and health: an overview of interconnections. A report for the WHO

The multitude of ways in which the natural environment and human health are inextricably linked have been outlined in a report we have written for the WHO Europe region as part of our WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health. It is designed to help individuals and organisations across the 53 member states of […]

Alternative funding for green spaces webinar and report

The SWEEP Investing in Nature for Health project team developed a summary report of the breadth of funding mechanisms available for green infrastructure and the activities provided in these spaces. The report includes examples of some traditional, but mainly alternative, funding streams, and presents case studies that highlight their successful application. The report also raises […]

What Works briefings on natural environment and health or educational interventions for Defra

A few years ago we produced two What Works briefings on natural environment and health or educational interventions for Defra. These reports followed on from the earlier work we did for the Department and related closely to the content and delivery of the Government’s A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment […]