Nature’s Tonic Project
Nature’s Tonic project is piloting an approach to increasing outdoor activity and a ‘connection with nature’ to improve the mental health and wellbeing of less active people in the North Devon community. This is a partnership project between The North Devon Biosphere, North Devon AONB and North Devon Voluntary Service.
The project is designed to complement social prescribing activity being piloted across three GP areas in North Devon. We are working with and supporting existing groups to use green and blue spaces within and near to their communities, to provide this ‘connection with nature’ and more outdoor activities. This is being done through training staff and volunteers, taster sessions, matchmaking groups and spaces, making connections, providing information and training nature guides.
Evidence from local organisations has identified the barriers and constraints on outdoor activity for organisations offering services and opportunities for less mobile clients and those referred through social prescribing.
The physical and mental health benefits of experiencing blue/green spaces have been widely proven, including the cost benefit for people, health services and the economy of reducing health inequalities. The project will explore whether the statutory, voluntary and community sectors can be enabled and supported to increase their use of the natural environment and help people to connect with nature. This will share the knowledge from our teams and environment/land managers with organisers within the community.
For more information or to get involved please contact:
Nature’s Tonic Project Officer