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The project set up a referral scheme so general practitioners in Gateshead could refer patients to Chopwell Wood for physical activities (cycle, walk, t’ai chi, conservation work). Four schools also visited the wood to learn about health, nutrition and complementary therapy as part of the Healthy Schools programme. Forest Research assessed levels of participation, attitudes to health and woodlands, and whether participants’ health had improved.
GP referral scheme
Derwent Health Schools programme
Forest Research managed the overall evaluation for the Forestry Commission. We helped to design the monitoring programme and supported the partner organisations to collect baseline data for comparative purposes.
The evaluation used qualitative and quantitative techniques including questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with participants, staff and other stakeholders.
A partnership project between Forestry Commission, Derwentside Primary Care Trust, Gateshead Primary Care Trust and the Friends of Chopwell Wood.
Northumbria University Primary Care Development Centre carried out the evaluation of the project in 2004 and 2005.
The Friends of Chopwell Wood carried out a questionnaire survey in Chopwell Wood as part of the project.
Forest Research managed the overall evaluation for the Forestry Commission.
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