Building Connections between People, Nature & Place
Increasing urbanisation, busy lifestyles, screen-based technologies, reduced backyards and access to green space, and growing phobias of the perceived dangers of outdoor environments have all contributed to the decline in our outdoor living. But our outdoor environments forms a critical part of our living fabric, shaping our identity and function, defining how we live and influencing our social makeup and connections with our community and place.
The rejuvenating and restorative benefits of time spent in nature now scientifically supported with an overwhelming volume of evidence too compelling to ignore, nature helps to:
- Reduce stress, depression and anxiety
- Improve sleep, happiness, wellbeing and life satisfaction
- Improve blood pressure, pain control, immune function, diabetes and allergies
- Improve learning, creativity, sustained attention and child development (cognitive and motor)*
The nature in our cities, rural areas, and neighbourhoods is vastly underutilised in its ability to promote physical and mental wellbeing. It is also underutilised in its ability to create good social and environmental behaviours. Being outside is good, but connecting with or noticing nature is even better.
Connections with nature can transform the way we learn, work, play and live. Creating more opportunities to be outside is good, but connecting with or noticing nature is even better!
Our vision is to support regenerative approaches where nature can become part of our everyday living. We match nature connection habits and interventions with evidence based research to support a wonderful array of health and wellbeing benefits for people and the planet.
We invite you to explore our stories, research and projects on how we can all play a more active role in creating healthier and happier communities.