'Nature and Health' benefits
There is compelling evidence that contact with nature can:
maintain good health
help recovery from illness
alleviate stress and mental health problems
improve physical health
improve quality of life for older people
enhance social interaction and improve community cohesion
reduce aggression, violence and crime
improve children’s well-being into adulthood
“The NHS can help tackle health inequalities and promote physical and mental well-being by encouraging greater understanding of the value of spending time in the natural environment” Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer
Throughout life, people benefit from contact with nature. View our leaflet on 'Nature’s role in improving health and well-being'.
Our Corporate Biodiversity Group examined the links between nature and health and submitted evidence to the County Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Personalisation and the future of adult social care. The evidence shows that nature contributes to physical and mental health, independence and self esteem, and overall quality of life.