NHS Forest Conference 2021

** Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
** Date/Time: ** 2021-10-19T13:00:00Z2021-10-19T16:00:00Z

**Location: ** Online event
**Description: ** Good access to natural environments supports health and wellbeing and can also reduce health inequalities. Yet access to green space remains very unequal. While the Covid-19 pandemic has brought home to many of us the value of green heritage in local neighbourhoods, that experience has been a sharply divided one, with some groups much more restricted in access to green space than others.

With growing recognition of the role of green space as a social determinant of health, how should health professionals respond? How can they facilitate public engagement in green space? What opportunities exist to make green care part of their practice? And how can health sites make best use of their own green space to support the recovery and wellbeing of patients, staff and communities?

The NHS Forest’s online conference will explore and share green space solutions at both a strategic and practical level. It will provide insights from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s Green Space for Health programme which this year embedded Nature Recovery Rangers at hospital sites in three locations. It will also report on a programme of outdoor wellbeing sessions, designed to support health staff in the wake of the pandemic.

We will hear from healthcare staff about their work to develop the therapeutic potential of their own green space, including a gardening programme for mental health recovery, and a functioning farm perched on the rooftop of a US hospital.
**Link: ** https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhs-forest-conference-2021-registration-168450492959

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