Workshops: Benefits of using woodlands and natural spaces for health
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.