Landscape, Gardens & Health
There is now considerable research linking nature contact with health and wellbeing.
It suggests there are five key ways in which exposure to the natural environment is beneficial to human health These are: enhanced personal and social communication skills; increased physical health; enhanced mental and emotional health; enhanced sensory and aesthetic awareness and the ability to assert personal control; and increased sensitivity to one’s own wellbeing.
In order to fully understand the importance of our public parks, links to the following websites may be helpful:
NHS Forest website has an excellent ‘Evidence’ page listing useful research.
A 2004 report entitled The Value of Public Space produced by Cabe Space Design Council also includes a bibliography.
2012 Forestry Commission ‘Greenspace design for health and well-being’ written by Aileen Shackell and Robin Walter includes a section offering suggestions for further reading.
Here we feature research and events that show the therapeutic value of gardens and green space. Our aim is to provide a central forum and to ensure the subject is of interest to a wide range of people. We want to break down barriers and promote serious debate about the role of green space in healthcare interventions.