NHS Lothian, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and greenspace scotland have published Scotland’s first health board-led Green Health Strategy. Greenspace is often described as ‘our natural health service’, with a growing body of research evidence showing its positive benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace and Health Strategic Framework was prepared by greenspace scotland, on behalf of NHS Lothian and funded by Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.
The strategy was launched with the help of mums from Mums Walk Midlothian an independent, peer support walking group for mums (with babies or children of any age) in Midlothian who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as low mood, depression and anxiety.
A Green Health Programme Manager is being recruited to lead the delivery of the Green Health Strategy.