Evidence base

Using nature to nurture good health is not a new idea and there are many examples from history of hospitals, prisons, monasteries and religious spaces using outdoor therapeutic spaces.

The following are the key texts that provide the evidence base for nature-based therapy interventions:

Bragg, R., Atkins, G. 2016.  A Review of the nature-based intervention for mental health care.  Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number 2014

Buck, D. 2016. Gardens and health: implications for policy and practice.  The Kings Fund [report commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme]

Bragg, R. and Leck, C. 2017 Good practice in social prescribing for mental health: The role of nature-based interventions. Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number 228

Mike Rogerson, Jo Barton, Rachel Bragg and Jules Pretty, 2017.  The health and wellbeing impacts of volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts

Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis.  Preventive Medicine Reports Volume 5, March 2017, Pages 92-99

NICE Evidence Searches:

Horticultural Therapy

Animal Therapy

Gardening and mental health

Natural England Evidence Briefings 2016:

EIN015 edition 1 – Connection to Nature: evidence briefing

Methods, Glossary and Evaluation Resources: evidence briefing (EIN016)

Links between natural environments and learning: evidence briefing (EIN017)

Links between natural environments and mental health: evidence briefing (EIN018)

Links between natural environments and physical activity: evidence briefing (EIN019)

Links between natural environments and physiological health: evidence briefing (EIN020)

Links between natural environments and obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021)

 

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