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Mental health and wellbeing

Celebrating the Children and Nature Programme – how learning in nature supports children’s mental and physical health, social skills and attainment

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Group of children enjoying nature

“Who wouldn’t enjoy witnessing the children having a forward roll race on the grass outside?” Natural England was delighted to be joined recently by representatives from government, the education and environment sectors at Liverpool John Moores University to celebrate the …

People and Nature Survey: How has COVID-19 changed the way we engage with nature?

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Many people sat within an urban park

 Dr Tom Marshall, Senior Responsible Officer for the People and Nature Survey shares what new data can tell us about how our relationship with nature has changed since coronavirus.  It has been over two years since coronavirus restrictions were first …

Wildfire: Why following the Countryside Code is essential in reducing the risk of fires in the countryside

Fire burning corn fields

  Wildfire. The term conjures up images of raging fires and smouldering forests, something we would usually expect to see on television from international news stations, caused by freak weather events. Unfortunately, so-called wildfires are all too common in England …

Social Prescribing: the power of nature as treatment

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Mother and son exploring park

Taking place between 4-11 March, Social Prescribing Week saw a national celebration for social prescribing. Across the country, organisations shared their stories on social media and at national and international conferences about the activities they were undertaking to make a …

More people than ever visit the natural environment

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In my opinion, nothing beats spending time outside. Be it visiting my local park, beautiful countryside, or taking a walk down the coast, spending time in nature is incomparable. But what does our natural environment mean to you? Do you …

Maximising the benefits our green spaces have for the nation’s health

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James Cross, Chief Executive of Natural England, tells us about the benefits that our green spaces can have for mental health and wellbeing. We will all know somebody, probably more than one, who has been affected by mental health problems or dementia. …