Landscape Planning and Heritage
Review of initiatives linking nature, health and wellbeing
In 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
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
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
The report will help the County Council and the new 'health network' to bring the benefits of our natural health service to all. Case studies
of a range of initiatives in Hampshire are also available.