The evidence for the multiple health and wellbeing benefits of nature connection is gathering fast with many research papers released and ever more sophisticated evaluations of outcomes. Alongside this, the evidence that connectedness to nature improves pro environmental behaviours is also growing.
Aligning with international movements such as Nature for all, we know that what we offer as nature based practitioners helps people and the planet. These ways of helping people connect to themselves, each other and the natural world needs to be offered across the country, at scale, with good funding and resources.
We aim to offer a voice for all our practitioners and support the diversity of what they offer by helping us all be more informed, connected, supported and at ease in our professional practice.
Here are some examples of research, more categorised research can be found on our member pages.
Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future
Dr Rebecca Lovell, Professor Michael Depledge and Dr Simon Maxwell Defra (2018)
What does successful social prescribing look like – mapping meaningful outcomes
London, University of Westminster (2019)
Polley M, Whitehouse J, Elnaschie S and Fixsen A
Good practice in social prescribing for mental health: the role of nature-based interventions
Natural England Report
Steps towards implementing self-care: A resource for local commissioners
Healthy London Partnership (2017)
The Relationship Between Nature Connectedness and Eudaimonic Well‑Being: A Meta‑analysis
Alison Pritchard, Miles Richardson, David Sheffield and Kirsten McEwan
Journal of Happiness Studies (2019)
Beyond knowing nature: Contact, emotion, compassion, meaning, and beauty are pathways to nature connection
Ryan Lumber, Miles Richardson and David Sheffield