This briefing summarises research which considers the role of the natural environment in promoting health, wellbeing and social care.
The findings highlighted include:
- the importance of access to local green space in promoting both physical and mental health, and in improving social integration
- hat the natural envornment can help to reduce aggressive behaviour with different groups, including people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Even short walks and looking at images of nature can reduce negative feelings, such as anxiety and anger, and increase positive feelings.
- the higher the quality and accessibility of the green space, the more likely it is to encourage high levels of walking and other physical activity.
- positive effects observed in recovery time, painkiller requirements, and negative reactions.