Outdoors, health and leisure

Developing the research agenda for the South Downs

23 March 2010

What is the event?

The event included presentations on initiatives and research that examine links between people, the outdoors and health. There was an overview of the current situation in relation to the South Downs area and discussion sessions on future priorities and opportunities for research and provision.


  • Welcome and introduction
    Becky Taylor (Plumpton College)
  • Trees, woods and forests and the contribution to people's health
    Liz O'Brien (Forest Research)
  • Social and therapeutic benefits of Care Farming
    Neil Ravenscroft (University of Brighton)
  • Specialist walking groups for people with visual-impairments
    Hannah McPherson (University of Brighton)
  • Developing a successful research network
    Aileen Marshall (Outdoors and Health Network)
  • The natural health service – opportunities in South Downs area
    Jenny Bowen (Natural England)
  • Group discussions - developing the research agenda
  • Closing remarks
    Andrew Church (University of Brighton) and Alison Melvin (RRSP)

Who was the event suitable for?

Policy makers, providers, referrers and researchers in the areas of health, recreation and leisure

Where did the event take place?

Vintners Room
Plumpton College
Brighton BN7 3AE


For further information please contact:

Alison Melvin
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
GU10 4LH
Tel: 01420 22255
Email: alison.melvin@forestry.gsi.gov.uk