Green space and Health Consultancy
We have been working with Public Health Teams, Clinical Commissioning Groups, countywide green space teams and third sector parties to run workshops and provide a consultancy service to enable green space projects to be used by the local communities to meet the health priorities of the local area. So far we have worked with teams in Cambridge, Bradford, Oxford and Bedfordshire. In addition to the workshops, some of the outputs have included a GP one pager (link is external) and a paper outlining the different methods that can be used to measure physical and mental health benefits. Feedback from these events has been very positive:
“As a result of the Nature and Health workshop, a "Naturally Healthy Working Group" has been set up to take forward the development of a project that demonstrates the benefits of the natural environment for providing a cost-effective 'natural service’ for the prevention and treatment of people with physical/mental health conditions,” Phil Clarke, Community Green Spaces Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council.
For more information about the format of a workshop please click here. Please contact us (link sends e-mail) if you would like us to run a workshop in your local area. These activities contribute to our aim of increasing the number of people using the natural environment for health prevention and recuperation.
CSH staff are also members of national bodies, such as the Green Infrastructure Programme, Natural England Outdoors for All Working Group, serve as Health Ambassadors on the national Ecosystems Knowledge Network and feed into government white papers and working groups. At regional and local levels, we link into Local Nature Partnerships and various NHS bodies.
Recent work includes providing advice in the IWUN project.