Our 2022 NHS Forest conference was a lively online event, with participants sharing links to many inspiring organisations, projects and publications. We’ve compiled them for you here.

National organisations

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Dose of Nature

A registered charity established to promote the mental health benefits of engaging with the natural world. Dose of Nature works with people with mental health issues and the wider population, encouraging everyone to connect with nature in order to improve their mental wellbeing. The Dose of Nature Prescriptions and wellbeing workshops take place predominately in southwest London, but all are encouraged to get in touch to discuss this work.

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National Academy of Social Prescribing

NASP is dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation. It works to create partnerships, across the arts, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives, to promote health and wellbeing at a national and local level.

Nature Connectedness Research Group, University of Derby

Nature Connectedness Research Group, University of Derby

The university’s nature connections research aims to understand people’s sense of their relationship with the natural world. It create everyday interventions in order to improve this relationship for the wellbeing of humans and nature.

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Healthcare Ocean

Healthcare Ocean aims to conserve and protect coastal and marine ecosystems through minimising harm resulting from the procurement and delivery of healthcare. It also works to increase awareness of the benefits to human health and wellbeing from healthy seas, coasts, and waterways.

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Sensory Trust

Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. It creates meaningful and lasting connections between people of all ages and abilities and the natural world.

Collective for Climate Action

Collective for Climate Action

The CFCA is a ‘community of communities’, linking 1,300+ civil servants from more than 200 UK government organisations, almost 200 councils and several environment charities. It aims to build ambition in the public sector on addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and other intersecting socioecological injustices. CFCA holds regular online events such as climate cafes, workshops on equality, diversity and inclusion, and climate workshops, and invite speakers from various disciplines. Join us to share ideas, worries and good practice.

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WildStrong

A nature based, community-focused physical activity organisation. WildStrong is a community of people who love the outdoors and want to move more. It runs small group classes and workshops in beautiful locations where you can learn skills and movements for life and meet great people who live nearby.

Regional organisations and initiatives

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Gwent Wildlife Trust

Gwent Wildlife Trust’s health and wellbeing project, ‘Wild Health’, connects underrepresented groups to nature

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Norfolk Green Care Network

Norfolk Green Care Network believes in the power of connecting with nature. The network welcomes all those who are interested or actively involved in fostering Green Care activities that in some way deliver nature connection for people.

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Sussex Local Nature Partnership: Parks for nature and people: a toolkit for park managers

This toolkit enables park managers, local authorities, town and parish councils, and local residents, to better understand the potential of the parks and green spaces in their care, in order to deliver more benefits for nature and people.

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Dorset Local Nature Partnership: Health and Nature Dorset

Dorset Local Nature Partnership is developing Health and Nature Dorset (HAND), aiming to strengthen joint working across health and environment sectors in Dorset

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Nature Connection Dorset

Walking into Wellness offers accessible walks with a chance to rejuvenate, relax and unwind from caring duties. The walks are free and finish with complimentary tea and cake at the Hiker Café. They are led by a nature and forest therapist at Nature Connection. The nature wanders combine Forest Bathing and the Five Ways to Wellbeing, these are delivered through social prescriptions. Find out more: natureconnectiondorset@gmail.com

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Picnic in the Parks

Based on the expression, “You can’t do what you’ve never tried”, Picnic in the Parks was developed as a taster online platform in order to showcase activities and let people connect in a safe manner during lockdown. Take your time to explore this Dorset-inspired park to find inspiration, discover new experiences and enjoy fun health and nature-related activities. Activities will grow and change seasonally so keep visiting for fresh ideas.

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Forestry England – forest bathing

The Forest Bathing Institute brings two-hour Forest Bathing+ nature based wellness sessions to Hampshire’s Alice Holt Forest. Forest Bathing+ is a comprehensive, therapeutic form of forest bathing developed in cooperation with numerous universities across the UK, professors, doctors, and scientists.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Green Hub

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Green Hub

The Green Hub is a new resource to support Green Social Prescribing, hosted on the Trust’s external website. The site is used by clinicians, service users, patients, and the public to access a wealth of information to inspire and equip teams, and individuals, to utilise green spaces for wellbeing and recovery. It includes access to gardening packs, advice to attract wildlife, and a month-by-month gardening guide. The Green Hub won a 2022 NHS Forest award.

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Salisbury District Hospital Nature Guide

The Nature Guide’ was written by Genetics staff member James Macpherson, designed and published by ArtCare and sponsored by Salisbury Hospital League of Friends. It is an inspiring guide to the wildlife of Salisbury District Hospital and the surrounding area. The Nature Guide also won a 2022 NHS Forest award.

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Wild in the City

Wild in the City supports the wellbeing of urban residents through their relationship with nature. It provides experiences in woodland living skills, natural history and ecotherapy for children and adults in London and beyond. The initiative is building a community of people who gather in nature for fun, to learn and feel good, while supporting Black leadership in nature.

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Nádúr Centre for Integrative Forest Therapy

Nádúr trains and mentors healthcare professionals and practitioners in evidence-based Forest Therapy, including ways to curate and guide forest bathing walks, deepen nature connectedness for wellbeing and implement nature based solutions for themselves and for others. The organisation is based in Dublin.

Healthy Shetland: Calendar of ideas

Healthy Shetland: Calendar of ideas

This downloadable calendar contains seasonal suggestions for connecting with nature each month of the year, with a focus on those living in Shetland.

Books, publications and journals

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Nature on Prescription Handbook, ECEHH

Nature on Prescription can be used to support people’s mental health, with evidence-based suggestions for how to develop and implement a high-quality scheme, in the new social prescribing landscape. The handbook is aimed at providers of nature-based, group interventions that target common mental health conditions, and can be delivered via social prescribing schemes. The content will also be of interest to link workers, general practitioners, commissioners and researchers with an interest in social prescribing.

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Stepping into Nature’s Seasons of Stories books

This initiative, part of the Dorset AONB, worked with artists to create ‘Seasons of Stories’ books. These are designed to open conversations around nature and seasons for carers and the people they were caring for, especially people living with dementia. The books were created as part of the AONB’s Lottery Funded project, Stepping into Nature.

Nature in Mind

Nature in Mind: Systemic Thinking and Imagination in Ecopsychology and Mental Health

Nature in Mind explores a kind of madness at the core of the developed world that has separated the growth of human cultural systems from the destruction of the environment on which these systems depend.

Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Watch an introduction to the book here.

Journal of Biophilic Design

Journal of Biophilic Design

A group of academic publishers and broadcasters of research into the health and environmental benefits of Biophilic Design. The journal interviews thought leaders on many aspects, from urban planning to home design, architects to acousticians.

Companies and consultancies

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Bioscapes

BioScapes offers a range of specialist planters that contain homes for hedgehogs, butterflies, bees and more. They have been designed to quickly boost biodiversity in any residential, educational, community or commercial setting.

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Human Nature Partnership

A consultancy that helps organisations activate the science around nature connection, through combining engagement, strategy, design and installations. The organisation has published a book which shares some practices, including micro-awe, as discussed during the NHS Forest conference.

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Ebb and Flow

This company creates ‘flow forms’ for introducing safe moving water into a sensory garden or similar.

Finding Nature: Miles Richardson blog

Prof Miles Richardson blog

Nature Connectedness Research Blog by Prof. Miles Richardson from the University of Derby.

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Moving Medicine

A resource to help healthcare professionals integrate physical activity conversations into routine clinical care.

Websites and blogs

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Vertical Veg

Ideas for growing food in small spaces, published by Mark Ridsdill Smith.

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Living Language Land

A project exploring how language and culture, and listening to and making space for diverse voices and cultures is a route to conservation.

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Flourishing Diversity

As a response to biodiversity loss and climate breakdown, Flourishing Divesrity brings together voices from all over the world to explore humanity’s interconnection with the lands, waters, forests and fellow species

Kingdom of Sticks: Community Garden Planning for People, Planet & Pollinators

Kingdom of Sticks: Community Garden Planning for People, Planet & Pollinators

Becky Twigg in Salisbury is restoring an old churchyard as a secret garden and haven for wildlife, especially bees. This is her blog.

Other

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B&Q Foundation

The B&Q Foundation supports registered charities with a combination of grants, volunteering time and home improvement resources. It concentrates its efforts on local charities helping to create better, safes places for people who need them most.

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Marti Climenhaga’s research

In collaboration with CSH, Marti interviewed Occupational Therapists undertaking green therapy. She carried out this research as part of her MSc project, and recorded this talk on it.

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