Tag Archives: Health and wellbeing

Nature on prescription for mental health trial: Feasibility stage

Ruth, Becca, Kerryn and a team from Exeter and Plymouth Universities have been awarded funds by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to conduct a feasibility study of nature based activities reached through social prescribing. The work will help prepare for a full Randomised Controlled Trial which will help clarify whether such activities are […]

Nature, Health and Wellbeing Continuing Professional Development Course 2022 

Our brand new course, Nature, Health and Well-being CPD will run virtually on Zoom over 4 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 13:00 on the 22nd and 24th March and 5th and 7th April 2022 from the comfort of your home and/or office without the need to travel.  The course will explore how natural environments can benefit the physical and mental health of […]

New UKPRP research funding: how urban greenspaces can contribute to tackling health inequalities

A team from ECEHH are part of a new £7.1m consortium funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to investigate the impact that nature can have in helping to prevent and reduce health inequalities in urban areas. Photo by Charles Parker from Pexels The project will be led by Dr Ruth Hunter Queen’s University […]

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 […]

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 […]