HEALTH ORGANISATIONS TO DELIVER ENGLAND'S FIRST TRIAL OF NATURE PRESCRIPTIONS
High Peak CVS and the Bureau Social Prescribers to improve patients’ wellbeing by connecting individuals to nature
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.