Outdoor Spaces for health and wellbeing case studies

The publication Greenspace Design for Health and Wellbeing was commissioned in 2012 by the Forestry Commission and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. It highlights the benefits of being outdoors for everyone’s health and wellbeing, and aims to inspire those involved with outdoor spaces in healthcare settings to use them for therapeutic purposes.

More specifically, it will also help those projects which form part of the NHS Forest in England and part of NHS Greenspace demonstration project championed by the Green Exercise Partnership in Scotland.

Focusing on outdoor spaces across the NHS estate, the guidance is relevant to the full range of facilities, from the largest hospital to the smallest health centre. It will also have a wider application wherever health and wellbeing is important, in places such as care homes and special schools.

The publication included a number of case studies illustrating good practice across the UK. These case studies are listed below.

Download Greenspace design for Health and Wellbeing (PDF 6.3MB). (Hard copies can be ordered from publications.)

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