How important are green spaces in our local communities? What are the effects of nature on our physical health and mental wellbeing? We attended a really interesting and thought provoking event organised by the University of Sheffield IWUN (Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature). The event entitled Developing Green Prescribing in Sheffield brought together public, private and voluntary sector organisations around common themes including improving access to nature, benefits to mental and physical health, inclusion of the elderly and minorities, mindfulness and sustainability.
We had some great conversations and made useful connections with local GPs, the Peak District National Park, the National Trust and woodland owners amongst others. The way forward is clearly to work together in an area which is not only vital to our own well being but to that of future generations as well.