Tag Archives: Mental health

World Health Organisation Urban Green Spaces and Health report

Ben Wheeler has worked with Mike Depledge and colleagues from around Europe to co-author an important new report, for World Health Organisation (Europe), on the beneficial effects of urban green space for health. The report can be downloaded here. The comprehensive report summarises the existing evidence of linkages (both positive and negative) between urban green […]

A systematic review of attention restoration theory

  Heather Ohly and Ruth Garside, working with colleagues at Exeter and elsewhere, have undertaken a systematic review of evidence for the relative attention restoration potential of natural settings compared to other settings. ‘Attention Restoration Theory’ (ART) is used to explain some of the apparent benefits of exposure to natural environments. In the paper Heather […]

Natural England evidence summaries

Becca has been working with Natural England to produce a series of evidence briefings on the relationships between the natural environment and a range of outcomes. The notes are aimed at and intended to inform policy makers, practitioners, practice enablers (such as Natural England, Natural Resources Wales etc.), local decision makers, and the wider research […]

Social prescribing review: nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression

Researchers from ECEHH and the wider Universities of Exeter and Plymouth are undertaking a review of evidence of the most effective approaches to social prescribing, focusing on nature based interventions for mild to moderate depression. Social prescribing is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to […]

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

Sunday the 22nd of May is International Day for Biological Diversity 2016, this year’s theme is ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods’. The United Nations and Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) state: Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in […]

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening

Our review of the benefits of school gardening activities has been published in BMC Public Health. School gardening programmes are increasingly popular with several high profile initiatives to encourage and support activity; examples include Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening. The RHS aim to support teachers to […]

Presentation at the House of Lords’ Rural Economy Research Group

On the 28th October, Becca Lovell and Ben Wheeler presented the Centre’s research at the House of Lords. At the annual meeting of the Lords’ Rural Economy Research Group sponsored by Lord Trees, we presented a selection of research, with a focus on studies of the potential health and wellbeing benefits of natural environments. The […]

What Accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’?

What accounts for ‘England’s green and pleasant land’? A panel data analysis of mental health and land cover types in rural England This study was published here in Landscape and Urban Planning. The point of this piece of work was to investigate links between health and the natural environment in rural areas. Since rural areas […]