This Guardian article (20 October 2022) reports on the Our Bright Future scheme, which improved 3,000 community spaces. Participants noted a confidence and wellbeing boost. Young people's skills were also improved. The Our Bright Future programme led to almost 9,000 young people gaining qualifications and 1,600 getting work experience.
The John Muir Trust’s latest Wild Inside (Issue 47) newsletter shares Mark Piasecki's Haven. This short but powerful film highlights how the Scottish Highlands helped his mental health journey. Check out the John Muir Trust’s Wild and Well campaign which celebrates the invaluable connection between wild places and people's health.
This research study, by Miriam Preuβ et al (2019), in four European cities, showed that adults with low levels of childhood exposure to natural outdoor environments had significantly worse mental health when compared to adults with high levels of childhood exposure to natural outdoor environments.
Teachers know that outdoor learning benefits their pupils. This research paper presents the results from two studies. The authors (DJ Harvey, LN Montgomery, R White) show how a one-off activity boosts children’s mood and biodiversity knowledge; and an hour a week can also improve their mental wellbeing.
Go Jauntly have teamed up with the Nature Connectedness Research Group from the University of Derby and the Mental Health Foundation to create the Green Care Code. This can help improve your own wellbeing, and nature.