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High Peak CVS and the Bureau Social Prescribers to improve patients’ wellbeing by connecting individuals to nature


Some of our Social Prescribing team

Working together, The Bureau, RSPB, Peak District National Park and High Peak CVS have developed England’s first Nature Prescriptions pilot, a way for patients to connect to nature to help improve their health and wellbeing.

Research shows that individuals with a greater connection to nature experience improved mental health, greater vitality, happiness, and life satisfaction, with particular benefits for people experiencing conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.

The High Peak Nature Prescriptions trial comes off the back of successful pilot projects ran by RSPB Scotland in the Shetland Isles and Edinburgh which resulted in over 74% of patients saying they benefitted from their prescription and 87% of people saying that they would continue to use nature to support their health and wellbeing.

The Nature Prescription is free to use and provides a non-medical approach to encourage individuals to partake in invitations to connect with nature. The suggestions can be done from virtually any location, either as an individual or with others and aims to create lasting connections with nature.

The trial will initially run in the High Peak and will be reviewed regularly, the ambition is nature prescriptions will be available to other areas of the country in future.

“To be the first area in England involved in Nature Prescriptions is exciting and inspiring! We’ve been really impressed with the materials and are eagerly looking forward to connecting our clients to nature and seeing the impact this may have on members of our community first hand. What’s even more special is that the suggestions in the calendar have been carefully curated to make them specific to the places, spaces and environments we all love in the High Peak.”

GP Dr Tom Miller with Social Prescribers Jess McFall, Nicky Sutherland and Sam Longden

If you live in Glossopdale, your Social Prescribing service can be accessed via The Bureau in Glossop.

“The evidence of the positive impact of connecting with nature is very positive. It’s a privilege to have been involved in the roll out of this work in the High Peak and we eagerly await good outcomes for our social prescribing clients using it.”

For more information on our Social Prescribing service, please visit the Social Prescribing section of our website or call 01663 735350.

To find out more about nature prescriptions, visit the RSPB website.


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