Review of initiatives linking nature, health and wellbeingIn Hampshire we have a range of initiatives aimed at getting people to connect with nature to improve their health and wellbeing.
Early in 2009, a Commission of Inquiry into the future of adult social care looked into the important benefits of access to nature. These include physical, mental and emotional health rewards, in particular for children, the elderly and those in deprived areas.
To carry this work forward, a review was commissioned by the Ecology Group at Hampshire County Council and its Corporate Biodiversity Group to look at the current initiatives in Hampshire as well as gaps and opportunities to improve what we provide.
A workshop involving the Primary Care Trust, local authorities, statutory agencies and voluntary bodies was held, leading to a Nature and Health Network being set up for Hampshire.
The resultant report 'Nature and health: Review of initiatives linking nature, health and wellbeing in Hampshire', identifies opportunities including:
- > GP referral and signposting
- > promotion of outdoor activity
- > greening of care environments
- > providing access to nature within new developments
Case studies of a range of initiatives in Hampshire are also available.