A seminar series to explore how using woodlands and natural spaces is good for mental, emotional, social and physical health
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.
- 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.
- Health and well-being: Trees, Woodlands and Natural Spaces (PDF - 6483K)
- Trees and woodlands: Nature's health service
- The importance of trees and woods for people's health and well-being
Funding and partners
Commissioned and funded by the Forestry Commission.