What is NHS Greenspace?
The Green Exercise Partnership between Scottish Forestry, NatureScot, NHS National Services Scotland and Public Health Scotland, coordinates the NHS Greenspace Demonstration Project. The aims of the project are:
- to improve the quality and accessibility of greenspace on a range of demonstration sites
- to encourage more use of greenspace by patients, staff, visitors and members of the local community
Improving the provision of greenspace planned for new facilities or retrofitting better quality greenspace in existing settings was part of the first phase of the project. Demonstration sites include a range of healthcare settings – from community healthcare centres to large acute hospital sites.
The project currently focuses on encouraging all health boards to mainstream better provision, management and use of NHS greenspace into policy and practice.
By adopting updated planning, design and management principles, the NHS outdoors estate can support health and well-being. It'll also help meet other NHS policies such as sustainability and biodiversity.
View the Green Health Partnerships on the Nature.scot website.