Links between natural environments, learning and health: evidence briefing.

Published online
23 Oct 2022
Published by
Natural England
Content type

Dillon, J. & Lovell, B.

Publication language
UK & Wales & England


This briefing note is one of a series that summarises evidence of the relationships between the natural environment and a range of outcomes. This briefing focuses on the impacts of learning in natural environments and the impacts of natural environments on learning processes and outcomes. The notes are aimed at policymakers, practitioners, practice enablers (including Natural England and Natural Resources Wales), local decision-makers, and the wider research community. They highlight some of the implications for future policy, service delivery, and research. They are intended to inform practitioner planning, targeting, and rationales but not solution identification or intervention design. Barriers to access or use of natural environments are not considered in these notes. The other briefings in the series published so far cover physical activity, obesity, physiological health, mental health, and connecting to nature. The notes consider evidence of relevance to the UK and outcomes for both adults and children.

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