Green Exercise Research Group (UoE)

The home of Green Exercise research at the University of Essex


Hughes, J., Rogerson, M., Barton, J., & Bragg, R. (2019). Age and connection to nature: when is engagement critical?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. (Abstract)


Gladwell, V., Wooller, J. J., Rogerson, M., Barton, J., & Micklewright, D. (2018). Can green exercise improve recovery from acute mental stress?. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2167. (Full Text)


Pretty, J., Rogerson, M., & Barton, J. (2017). Green Mind Theory: How Brain-Body-Behaviour Links into Natural and Social Environments for Healthy Habits. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health14(7), 706. (Full text)

Barton, J., & Rogerson, M. (2017). Themed editorial: The importance of green space for mental health. BJPsych International(Full Text)


Rogerson, M. (2017). Commentary: Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue, Green and Gold. Frontiers in psychology, 8(78). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00078 (Full Text)



Gladwell, V. F., Kuoppa, P., Tarvainen, M. P., & Rogerson, M. (2016). A Lunchtime Walk in Nature Enhances Restoration of Autonomic Control during Night-Time Sleep: Results from a Preliminary Study. International journal of environmental research and public health13(3), 280. (Full Text)

Barton, J., Bragg, R., Pretty, J., Roberts, J., & Wood, C. (2016). The Wilderness Expedition An Effective Life Course Intervention to Improve Young People’s Well-Being and Connectedness to Nature. Journal of Experiential Education, 1053825915626933. (Full Text)


Rogerson, M., Gladwell, V. F., Gallagher, D. J., & Barton, J. L. (2016). Influences of Green Outdoors versus Indoors Environmental Settings on Psychological and Social Outcomes of Controlled Exercise. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health13(4), 363. (Full Text)



Rogerson M and Barton J (2015). Effects of visual exercise environments on cognitive directed attention, energy expenditure and perceived exertion. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12: 7321-7336 (Full Text)

Rogerson M, Brown D, Sandercock G, Wooller JJ and Barton J (2015). A comparison of four typical green exercise environments and prediction of psychological health outcomes. Perspectives in Public Health, DOI: 10.1177/1757913915589845 (Full Text)


Pretty J, Barton J, Bharucha Z, Bragg R, Pencheon D, Wood C and Depeldge MH (2015). Improving health and well-being independently of GDP: Dividends of greener and prosocial economies. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2015.1007841 (Full Text)

Wood C and Hall K (2015). Playtime or Physical Education: Which is more effective at promoting physical activity in primary school children? BMC Research Notes, DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-0979-1 (Full Text)


Wooller, J. J., Barton, J., Gladwell, V. F., & Micklewright, D. (2015). Occlusion of sight, sound and smell during Green Exercise influences mood, perceived exertion and heart rate. International journal of environmental health research, 1-14. (Abstract)



Brown DK, Barton JL, Pretty J and Gladwell VF (2014). Walks4Work: Assessing the role of the natural environment in a workplace physical activity intervention. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 40: 390-399 (Full Text)

Wood C, Gladwell V and Barton JL (2014). A repeated measures experiment of school playing environment to increase physical activity and enhance self-esteem in UK school children. Plos One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108701 (Full Text)


Barton J, Sandercock G, Pretty and Wood C (2014). The effect of playground- and nature-based playtime interventions on physical activity and self-esteem in UK school children. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 12:1-11 (Abstract)

Wood C, Sandercock G and Barton JL (2014). Interactions between physical activity and the environment to improve adolescent psychological well-being: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Environment and Health, 7: 144-155 (Abstract)



Reed K, Wood C, Barton J, Pretty J, Cohen D et al (2013). A repeated measures experiment of green exercise to improve self-esteem in UK school children. Plos One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069176. (Full Text)

Brown DK, Barton JL and Gladwell VF (2013). Viewing nature scenes positively affects recovery of autonomic function following acute mental stress. Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 5562-5569. (Full Text)


Gladwell VF, Brown, DK, Wood CJ, Sandercock GR and Barton JL (2013). The great outdoors: How a green exercise environment can benefit all. Extreme Physiology and Medicine, 2:3. (Full Text)



Gladwell VF, Brown DK, Barton JL, Tarvainen MP, Kuoppa P et al (2012). The effects of views of nature on autonomic control. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112: 3379-3386. (Abstract)

Akers A, Barton J, Cossey R, Gainsford P, Griffin M et al (2012). Visual colour perception in Green Exercise: Positive effects on mood and perceived exertion. Environmental Science and Technology, 46: 8661-8666 (Full Text)


Wood C, Angus C, Pretty J, Sandercock G and Barton, J. (2012). A randomised control trial of physical activity in a perceived environment on self-esteem and mood in adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, DOI: 10.1080/09603123/2012.733935(Abstract)

Brown DK, Barton JL, Pretty J and Gladwell VF (2012). Walks4work: Rationale and study design to investigate walking at lunchtime in the workplace setting. BMC Public Health, 12: 550 (Full Text)



Thomson Koon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J et al  (2011). Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Well-being than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review.Environmental Science and Technology DOI: 10.1021/es102947t (Full Text)

Barton J, Griffin M and Pretty, J. (2011). Exercise, Nature and Socially Interactive Based Initiatives Improve Mood and Self-esteem in the Clinical Population. Perspectives in Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1757913910393862 (Full Text)



Haubenhofer DK, Elings M, Hassink J and Hine RE (2010). The development of green care in Western European Countries. Explore, 6(2):106-111 (Full Text)

Barton J and Pretty, J. (2010). what is the best dose of nature and green exercise for improving mental health. A multi-study analysis.Environmental Science and Technology, DO1: 10.1021/es90318r (Full Text)


Singh R, Pretty J and Pilgrim S (2010). Traditional knowledge and biocultural diversity: learning from tribal communities for sustainable development in Northeast India. Journal of Environment Planning and Management, 53(4): 511-533 (Abstract)

Sandercock G, Angus C and Barton J (2010). Physical activity levels of children living in different built environments. Preventive Medicine,DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.01.005 (Abstract)



Pilgrim S, Samson C and Pretty J (2009). Rebuilding a lost connection: Revitalisation projects and cultural regeneration. Sustain, 10: 16(Full Text)

Barton J, Hine R and Pretty J (2009). The health benefits of walking in greenspaces of high natural and heritage value. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 6: 1-18 (Abstract)


Pretty J, Angus C, Bain M, Barton J, Gladwell V, Hine R, Pilgrim S, Sandercock G and Sellens M (2009). Nature, childhood, health and life pathwaysInterdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society. Occasional Paper 2009, University of Essex, UK. (Full Text)

Pretty J, Adams B, Berkes F, de Athayde S, Dudley N et al (2009). The intersections of biological diversity and cultural diversity: Towards integration. Conservation and Society, 7: 100-112 (Full Text)



Hine R, Peacock J and Pretty, J. (2008). Care farming in the UK: Contexts, benefits and links with therapeutic communities. International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 29 (Full Text)

Hine R (2008). Care farming: Bringing together agriculture and health. ECOS, 29: 42-51


Pretty J and Pilgrim S (2008). Nature and Culture. Resurgence, 250.

Pilgrim SE, Cullen L, Smith DJ and Pretty J (2008). Ecological knowledge is lost in wealthier communities and countries. Environmental Science and Technology, 42:1004-1009 (Full Text)



Pretty J, Peacock J, Hine R, Sellens M, South N et al (2007). Green Exercise in the UK countryside: Effects on health and psychological well-being, and implications for policy and planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 50: 211-231 (Full Text)

Pilgrim S, Smith DJ and Pretty J (2007). A cross-regional quantitative assessment of the factors affecting ecoliteracy: implications for conservation policy and practice. Ecological Applications, 17: 1742-51. (Full Text)


Pilgrim S, Smith D and Pretty J (2007). Ecoliteracy in Indonesia. Bulletin of the ecological Society of America, 88

Pilgrim S, Cullen L, Smith DJ and Pretty J (2007). Hidden harvest or hidden revenue. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 6: 150-159(Full Text)


Cullen L, Smith DJ, Pretty J and Pilgrim SE (2007). The links between local ecological knowledge and wealth in indigenous communities.International journal of Social Science, 2: 289-299. (Full Text)



Pretty J, Hine R and Peacock J (2006). Green Exercise: the benefits of activities in green places. The Biologist, 53: 143-148

Pretty J (2006). Physical activity in modern society: is there also an environmental benefit. Environmental Conservation, 32: 87-88(Abstract)


Samson C and Pretty J (2006). Environmental and health benefits of hunting lifestyles and diets for the Inny of Labrador. Food Policy, 31: 528-553 (Full Text)



Pretty J, Peacock J, Sellens M and Griffin M (2005). The mental and physical health outcomes of green exercise. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 15: 319-337 (Full Text)


Book and Chapters

Barton, J., Bragg, R., Wood, C., & Pretty, J. (2016). Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Pretty J, Wood C, Bragg R and Barton J (2013). Nature for rehabilitating offenders and facilitating therapeutic outcomes in youth at risk. In: South N and Brisman A. eds. Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. Routledge. 

Pretty J, Barton J, Hine R, Mourata S, Mackerron G et al (2011). Health values from ecosystems. In: The UK National Ecosystem Technical Report. Uk National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge. (Full Text)  

Barton J and Pretty J (2010). Urban ecology and human health and well-being- the relationship between nature and human health and well-being in urban areas and the consequences. In: Gaston K et al. eds. Urban Economy. British Ecological Society and Cambridge University Press