The Nature Health Network was formed in the summer of 2020 by Bournemouth University, Public Health England and the New Forest National Park (on behalf of a group of southern National Park Authorities). Since then the network has grown to over 250 members, and holds a monthly knowledge-share webinar to explore practice and to make connections between those working in the health, environment and education sectors. Members are drawn from the NHS, countryside organisations, communities, academia and much more.
The network provides:
• a platform for practitioners, academics and advocates of nature-based health solutions to showcase approaches to local, regional and national policy makers, decision takers and funders;
• a shared space for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and learning; and
• a seed bed for innovation in nature-based learning and health solutions at the community level, testing approaches and evaluating success.
In March 2021 the network presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on National Parks, as part of a session on how protected areas can become better ‘healing landscapes’ following the effects on society of the global pandemic.