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Green Social Prescribing in Camden and Islington: Process Evaluation - BE0196

This pilot formed part of the Future Parks Accelerator programme and aimed to connect people with green space to improve physical and mental wellbeing outcomes. It draws on recognised links between time spent in green spaces and health and wellbeing, as well as linking to the commitment in Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan to connect more people with the environment, helping people improve their health and wellbeing by using green and blue spaces.

The evaluation explored understandings of green social prescribing in Camden and Islington, green social prescribing processes, the process of co-designing the green social prescribing pilot with local stakeholders, and participants’ understandings of ‘scaling up’ green social prescribing. Qualitative data, consisting of semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and detailed notes from co-design meetings, were collected during the co-design phase and analysed thematically using NVivo. Key findings, as summarised in Section 1, highlight the potentially broad scope of green social prescribing; the different needs of different stakeholders; the complexity of green social prescribing processes; and the types of resources (space, people, money and ideas) needed to scale up green social prescribing. Sections 2 and 3 introduce the pilot and evaluation and provide a background and rationale. Section 4 outlines the methods that were used. Section 5 explores the findings, and Section 6 considers these findings to answer the research questions outlined in Section 4. Finally, Section 7 makes policy suggestions.
• To develop an understanding of what has worked well in the pilot project, for whom, in what circumstances and why, as well as aspects that could have been improved.
• To identify the barriers to the scaling up of green social prescribing in Camden and Islington and more generally and consider how these barriers could be overcome.
• To develop recommendations to inform future work in this area, covering policy, practise, and evidence, including work in other locations.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Green Social Prescribing in Camden and Islington - Process Evaluation   (540k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2021

Cost: £6,700
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Green Spaces              
Natural Environment              
Social Research              
Social Sciences