Workshops: Benefits of using woodlands and natural spaces for health

Strenuous exercise: mountain biking in Scotland

A seminar series to explore how using woodlands and natural spaces is good for mental, emotional, social and physical health

Summary

In 2002 Forest Research organised a seminar series for forestry, environmental and health professionals to explore the latest knowledge on the role of trees, woodlands and natural spaces in health and well-being.

Key findings

Main benefits

  • Mental and emotional: reducing stress, stimulating the senses, contact with nature
  • Social: getting out with family and friends, meeting new people, space for community action and participation
  • Physical: build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, reduce blood pressure and prevent obesity

The workshops developed a set of recommendations in the areas of policy, operations, research and marketing/promotion – see publications.

Cyclists enjoying a picnic in the New Fo...

Publications

Funding and partners

Commissioned and funded by the Forestry Commission.

Status

Completed 2002.

Contact

Liz O'Brien