External links

Gardening in Applecross (preparing for Spring). Credit: Marion Gilroy

A selection of featured external links and projects on environment, health and wellbeing – including on sustainable tourism and food projects:

Practitioner projects and organisations:

South West Coast Path Association @swcoastpath – information about walking the South West Coast Path and project info including the Couch to Coast programme (Connecting Actively to Nature) – and see their work on health and wellbeing here

Devon Naturally Healthy Forum – part of the Devon Local Nature Partnership @Devon_LNP

Active Devon @activedevon – non-profit organisation supporting and promoting exercise and active lifestyles – includes a range of projects including Connecting Actively to Nature

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve @NDevonBiosphere

Nature’s Tonic – outdoor education, health and wellbeing project in North Devon Biosphere

Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (the Living Coast, Sussex) @LivingCoastUK

The Living Coast by Bike @sosussex – project on bike routes across the Living Coast Biosphere Reserve, Sussex

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (Woodbury Common and adjacent commons) (Clinton Devon Estates) @PebblebedHeaths (the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths is now a National Nature Reserve) – see also a related health and wellbeing assessment and Valuing Nature blog; also run schools and outreach programmes and see their 2020 community photo project ‘the Heaths and Me‘.

Core Journeys and Blue Spaces – research, University of Greenwich, and Mindfulness by the Sea practitioner (Catherine Kelly) – and read about her work featured in the Guardian here (2019) and here (2021).

Network of Wellbeing @NetwrkWellbeing – network supporting organisations and integrating community, society and the natural world into ideas on wellbeing – read about their Small Steps, Big Difference campaign with the Eden Project @edenproject here

Appleseed: Grow your Future, Applecross, Wester Ross, Scotland – community allotments, food, environmental and climate action project (part of the Applecross Community Company), funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Article on increasingly popular food waste reduction and food sharing apps from the Observer (March2021) – apps include Olio @OLIO_ex and Too Good to Go @TooGoodToGo_UK

Green impact for health toolkit – see this moving and informative video on the benefits for patients by GP Dr Rebecca Hall

Research blogs, projects and organisations:

Beyond Greenspace, European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), University of Exeter – research blog (Rebecca Lovell, Ben Wheeler etc)

European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) @ECEHH – website detailing wide range of environment-health and wellbeing research (includes Lora Fleming, Ben Wheeler, Rebecca Lovell, Mathew White, Lewis Elliot, etc)

Finding Nature – research blog on nature connection, University of Derby (Miles Richardson)

BlueHealth @BlueHealthEU – EU research project led by ECEHH (Mathew White etc) on the links between urban blue spaces, climate and health

Blue Communities @BlueCommunities – multi-partner international research project including University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve etc.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing @WhatWorksWB – research on wellbeing and mental and physical health

REGREEN Nature Based Solutions @REGREEN_nbs – multi-partner international research project on urban nature-based solutions with Exeter University etc (Duncan Russel, Nick Kirsop-Taylor, ECEHH)

CGIAR research on circular bioeconomy @FTA_CGIAR – a new economic model emphasising the use of renewable natural capital, regeneration and minimizing waste – see infographic

Food systems and impact of Covid-19 (UK) – research blog, CRPR, University of Exeter (Michael Winter, Tim Wilkinson, Steve Guilbert)

Blog by Gail Anthea Brown on sustainable tourism in the Highlands, Scotland – highlighting issues of overtourism and how this is impacting on the places and the local residents along the North Coast 500 route.

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