Tag Archives: Health and wellbeing

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: 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 […]

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, […]

SWEEP webinar: Dartmoor National Park and the Naturally Healthy Project

The next in the series of SWEEP project seminars will be taking place on the 22nd May 2020, 11.30-12.30 For our next webinar, we’re welcoming Orlando Rutter, Head of Outreach & Understanding at Dartmoor National Park Authority. Orlando will talk about findings from the Dartmoor Naturally Healthy project which explored the variety of routes and activities through […]

ECEHH research featured on the BBC’s ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’

The BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor looked at whether time spent in nature benefits mental health and ran a small experiment testing the recent finding, reported in one of Mat and co’s recent papers, that people who report spending 120 mins or more in nature over the last week had consistently higher levels of health […]

‘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 […]

Masters, PgDip and PgCert in Environment and Human Health

ECEHH run a flexible full or part time post-graduate degree course in Environment and Human Health. The course, delivered by members of European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School’s Truro Campus, focuses on the complex connections between the environment and health, considering emerging threats to health and wellbeing […]

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 […]

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 […]