Time spent in gardens, parks and countryside and amongst wildlife itself can help most people’s mental wellbeing, according to new research.
Research carried out by King’s College London, J&L Gibbons who are landscape architects and art foundation Nomad Projects claims if we experience an interaction with nature it will improve a person’s mental wellbeing.
The research found “significant immediate” benefits associated with trees, the sky and birdsong. It’s claimed the benefits lasted for several hours.
Businesses and companies are starting to improve staff wellbeing via access to outdoor spaces and interactions with nature.
The research maybe suggests that nature could be especially beneficial to those individuals who are at risk of poor mental health. It’s a low-cost activity and if aimed at in urban populations it could make quite some impact I feel.
This study shows the value of academic and non-academic researchers coming together to make tangible real-world benefits.
The paper, entitled Urban Mind: Using Smartphone Technologies to Investigate the impact of Nature on Mental Wellbeing in Real Time has been published in the journal BioScience.
I’m sure we could have all told them stepping out into our own gardens or local park has measurable and immeasurable benefits, but at least they are now listening.
Don’t underestimate the impact on our minds and bodies from the time we spend out there in the wildlife garden. Wildlife gardens give us so much in return for our care and time.
Wildlife Gardening Specialist