World Cities Day, 2018, we’re launching our animation and infographic about research into woods and wellbeing in Scotland

Today, on World Cities Day 2018, we’re launching our animation and infographic about research into woods and wellbeing in Scotland.

We’ve worked with a fantastic team: animator Kevin Rob (http://kevinrob.com/) and illustrator Sophie Powell-Hall (http://www.sophph.com/) to create this summary of research that’s been conducted on woods and wellbeing in Scotland. In particular, we focus on a study we recently completed that examines the impact of Forestry Commission Scotland’s ‘Woods In and Around Towns’ (WIAT) programme on community stress levels, funded by NIHR, which is forthcoming (https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/phr/10300518/#/).

We were able to produce the animation and infographic from funding awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Working with partners Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage we have been working on a project to share findings from the WIAT study more widely on social media. We hope that you find it useful and interesting – please use and circulate widely!

The funding also allows us to host a seminar to present evidence on the health and wellbeing benefits and challenges in enhancing access to woodlands and natural environments, including presentations on the Woods In and Around Towns NIHR research study in more detail. The seminar will include contributions from Forest Research, Scottish Natural Heritage, and key international speakers. Those with an interest in how woodlands and the natural environment can be used to improve public health and wellbeing should watch this space for more details coming soon…