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Increasing access and usage of the natural environment to support mental health and wellbeing - BE0154

This research explores how people most at risk of poor mental health and wellbeing in England can be supported to increase their use and access to the natural environment.

The project included a rapid review of evidence and practice, and in-depth qualitative fieldwork in four case study areas – Birmingham, Hastings, Middlesbrough and Pendle.
The main aims of the research were:

1. To identify key populations and communities in England who are at the greatest risk of poor mental health and wellbeing, and are not accessing the natural environment as much as others
2. To develop insight into the current landscape of providers who facilitate access to the natural environment, and the systemic issues and challenges and barriers
3. To explore experiences of promoting the natural environment as a preventative tool for better mental health and wellbeing
4. To offer solutions for how providers can a) work together to make what is on offer more accessible and b) to overcome other challenges and barriers

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Increasing access and usage of the natural environment - Overall report   (5606k)
• FRP - Final Report : Mental health, wellbeing and the natural environment - Case study report   (3225k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £76,550
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Renaisi Ltd
Natural Environment              
Public Health              
Social Research