As part of Healthy City Week, the WENP were delighted to host an evening event that explored the important relationship between nature and health. The event attracted over 70 people who were keen to discuss nature based health care. We were delighted with the turnout, including GPs and doctors who had taken time out of there busy schedules, commissioners, local projects, planners and people working in public health.
Bevis Watts, CEO of Avon Wildlife Trust and WENP Board member opened the evening and welcomed Mike Brown from the event sponsors, Eunomia. The audience then heard from Dr Ros Kennedy, The High Sheriff of Bristol who shared her experiences of when she was a GP and the benefits gained by her patients from spending time in natural surroundings. Marcus Grant, WHO Collaborating Centre and Bristol Health Partners, provided an overview of why this agenda is so important and ways in which Bristol could be a healthy, nature-rich city. The audience then heard first hand, how nature had touched a young person’s life and helped them gain confidence and a lifelong passion for nature and the environment. An interesting and lively discussion then followed, with expert responses provided by a knowledgeable panel made up of Dr Bruce Laurence, Director of Public Health, Dr Marion Steiner, GP and Bristol CCG and Nicola Ramsden, Forest of Avon Trust who provided their experiences of this agenda. The panel was chaired by Robin Maynard, Avon Wildlife Trust.
This event was developed by our Nature, Health & Wellbeing working group.
With thanks to our sponsors Eunomia Research and Consulting.