Health and well-being

EAI members are active contributors to the EUROPARC Federation’s working group on health and protected areas, together with colleagues from the EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic Section. This group met in June 2013 in Edinburgh to develop the programme of activities to be undertaken across the European network. Initial work will focus on compiling a series of case studies, building up a tool-kit and eventually moving on to a set of guidelines. Full details of the discussions can be found here. Further information will be posted as the work of the European group develops.

Previously, colleagues from Finland and Sweden visited Scotland in March 2011 to gather experience and good practice on the issue of human health and well-being from work being undertaken in Scotland. The study trip was organised by Scottish Natural Heritage.

A number of presentations were made during the trip:

Linking Path Network Development and Health Walks in the Cairngorms National Park and surrounding area. Alan Melrose, Health Walks Co-ordinator, Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.

OPENspace Research Centre, Catharine Ward Thompson, Research Professor of Landscape Architecture, OPENSpace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art

Branching Out: Greenspace on Referral, Hugh McNish, Health Advisor, Forestry Commission Scotland

BTCV Green Gym, David Graham, Development Manager (Health), BTCV

Health, well-being and trees, woods and forests, Liz O’Brien, Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research

Walking for Health, Jessica Lindohf, Paths for All