Defra evidence statement on the links between natural environments and human health
30 March 2017
Defra and the University of Exeter have published a summary of the evidence base on the positive associations between the environment and people's health.
'The evidence highlights a need for more integrated policy and delivery across the health and natural environment sectors at a wide range of spatial scales. Integrated policy and delivery is also required to help recognise and take account of multiple benefits. Even if the health benefits of a particular form of contact with nature are small, public investment may still be justified if there are benefits across a wide range of other policy domains.’ (p3)
Furthermore it reports that the health benefits of having your own garden are estimated to have a value of £171-575 per person per year (Mourato et al. 2010 cited in Bateman et al. 2011).
Read the report