Trees, Greenspace and Wellbeing Conference

26 September 2013 - Cambridge

What was the event?

A one-day conference organised by the ICF East England Regional Group.

Concerns about public health are at an all-time high. At the political level in England, government is seeking to develop a new approach that empowers individuals to make healthy choices and gives communities the tools to address their own, particular needs. New institutions such as Public Health England and local Health and Wellbeing Boards are responsible for driving forward changes. The potential of greenspace to play a significant part in contributing to healthy lifestyles is gaining increased recognition.

Liz O’Brien is a speaker at the conference. Nationally known speakers will lead delegates through the issues and challenges raised during the one-day programme.

Other speakers included:

  • Rachel Stancliffe - Chair of the NHS Forest Steering Group and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Iain Green - Environmental Health Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Dominic Higgins - Green Gym National Development Manager, The Conservation Volunteers
  • Sharon Hosegood - MICFor, Director, D F Clark Bionomique Ltd (Broomfield Hospital Woodlands, Mid-Essex Hospital Services, NHS Trust)
  • Prof. Andy Jones and Dr Emma Coombes - Norwich Medical School
  • Andrew Milward - Walking for Health Regional Scheme Development Officer, Ramblers
  • Dr Liz O’Brien - Deputy Head of Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research
  • Rachel Penny - Senior Specialist, Health and Accessible Natural Environment, Natural England
  • Richard Powell (OBE) - Chief Executive, Healthy Ambitions

Who was the event suitable for?

This conference brought together professionals from the health and natural environment sectors to examine the following:

  • The needs and opportunities
  • The evidence to support the case for an increased role for greenspace
  • Through a number of case studies, provide practical guidance on how to realise the potential

Where did the event take place?

Girton College
University of Cambridge