Natural England have produced a literature review of the benefits and barriers facing individuals living with dementia in accessing the natural environment
As part of Natural Englands ‘Outdoors for All’ programme the aim of the report is to form to address the identified barriers and enable people with dementia to access nature and reep the benefits.
The report can be downloaded for free from the Natural England website: http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/6578292471627776
Here is a link to an interview with Canadian Psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang about the benefits of nature and why she prescribes it for people suffering from mental health issues.
The RHS, in collaboration with Mr Fothergills Seeds is giving away 30,000 packets of seed to community gardening groups (of which there are estimated to be 2,000) to plant edible patches in public spaces as part of ‘Britain in Bloom 2013’.
More information can be found on the The Potting Shed blog: http://www.thepottingsheduk.co.uk/thousands-of-communities-to-create-edible-britain.php
Interesting article on the Guardian website about a new report from the government which suggests that the areas worst hit by the current economic slide in the UK do not necessarily mean that they are the unhappiest, but that access to the natural environment plays a more important role than a lack of wealth.