Green Exercise

Green Care

Green Education

Methods of Analysis

Papers and Reports

Current Research

People and Contacts



  Research Findings

Evidence now shows that there is a positive relationship between exposure to nature and mental and physical health. At the same time, social interactions can be fostered and memories of places are created.

At the University of Essex, we have shown over the past seven years that Green Exercise brings mental and physical health benefits for a variety of different subject cohorts in the UK

Our findings suggest that priority should be given to developing the use of various nature-based interventions (including facilitated green exercise) as therapeutic interventions - Green Care.

Greenspaces offer a range of opportunities for outdoor learning. Our research findings suggest that engaging with nature in this way can lead to enhanced connectedness to nature and increased environmental knowledge - Green Education.

Such evidence, though, has yet to influence substantially the planning of urban and rural environments, priorities for public health, social care, education and criminal justice programmes, and recommendations for development of sustainable lifestyles.

Key Findings

What we know and what we suspect

Green Exercise
Views of Nature
Countryside Activities

Walking in Greenspaces

Dose Response

Green Care
Green exercise as a treatment option: Green Walks for Mental Health
Green exercise as a treatment option: Nature Based Interventions
Care Farming
Wilderness Therapy
Therapeutic Horticulture

Green Education
Ecological Literacy
Revitalisation Projects
Behavioural changes with environmental volunteering
Outdoor learning and engagement with environmental issues

Playground interventions

School allotments

Nature, Childhood, Health and Life Pathways 

Multifunctional Land Use

Environmental Regeneration Schemes

Current Research



University of EssexInterdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society