View of Warneford Meadow, Oxford

Friends of Warneford Meadow, Oxford

Health Benefits

In 1918 Warneford Meadow was purchased by public subscription for the benefits of the inpatients of Warneford Meadow and, ultimately, the local community as a whole. Our mental and physical health has just the same needs for natural space 89 years later, perhaps more so.

"Growing medical evidence shows that access to the natural environment improves health and wellbeing, prevents disease and helps people recover from illness. Experiencing nature in the outdoors can help tackle childhood obesity, coronary heart disease, stress and mental health problems." From Natural England's Health Campaign (see more).

Better for mental health than views of concrete and tarmac?

Here is a letter, published in the Oxford Mail (17th May 2007) from Andy Boddington (Campaign manager, Campaign to Protect Rural England Oxfordshire) on "Health benefit of green space".

The mental health charity Mind is calling for greater protection of green space and its greater use for "ecotherapy". Mind have published a report, with data collected by the University of Essex, showing that walking in green space promotes a sense of wellbeing and helps ameliorate clinical depression.

"Mind calls for a new green agenda for mental health, following growing evidence in support of an accessible, cost-effective and natural addition to existing treatment options - ecotherapy". (see more).