To deliver an event on the Health and Wellbeing benefits of the Natural Environment

On November 15th, the South West Local Nature Partnerships teamed up with South Region Sustainability and Health Network, PHE and NHS England to run a full days conference on the health benefits of the natural environment. The focus of the event was to highlight the benefits of using nature-based activities and interventions, and how these could be incorporated into the Sustainability and Transformation Plans that are currently being developed by the health sector. The conference attracted over 125 health practitioners and those working in nature and health, we were delighted with the turnout, diversity of speakers and workshops, including a workshop presented by WENP’s Manager Shelly Dewhurst. Please find the resources from the day below.

Watch the highlights of the day

This event was supported by the PHE and South West Environment Network

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Event resources


Please click here to watch the presentations from the day.

Key note speakers

  • The current strategic context for sustainability and health – Nigel Acheson (NHS)  and James Mapstone (PHE)
  • Welcome – Caroline Jessel (NHS)
  • LNPs: releasing the potential of natural capital – Pam Warhurst (South Pennines LNP)
  • Embedding sustainability into programme and policies at every level – David Pencheon (Sustainability Development Unit)


  • Health and the City – Shelly Dewhurst (WENP) and Siobhan Farmer (Salford City Council)
  • The natural environment. Restoring hope to young lives – Graham Carpenter (Dandelion Time) and Aonghus Gordon (Ruskin Mill Trust)
  • Supporting those living with dementia through nature – Hannah Elton-Wall (mindSCAPE) and Julie Hammon (Dorset AONB)
  • Growing upwards and onwards – Sara Venn (Incredible Edible Bristol) and Julie Plumley (Future Roots)
  • Tackling mental health and wellbeing through outdoor programmes – Gary Mantle (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust)
  • The evidence base: A dose of nature – Dan Bloomfield (University of Exeter)
  • The Green Gym: the recipe for success – Craig Lister (green Gym)
  • Unlocking the health benefits of local natural capital – Dom Higgins (The Wildlife Trusts)
  • Building healthy places to live: green infrastructure – Gemma Jerome (UWE)
  • The economic case for integrating health and the environment – Dan Black (db+a)

Next Steps

The South West LNPs are continuing to work with colleagues from the South Region Sustainability and Health Network (including Public Health England and NHS England) to continue to raise the awareness of the benefits of using the natural environment to improve health and wellbeing in the delivery of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and we hope to develop some guidance documents on commissioning health services in nature. To find out more or get involved, get in touch [email protected]



Delivering the health wellbeing benefits of the natural environment conference

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