Following being successfully introduced in the High Peak, Nature Prescriptions are now being prescribed by health professionals in the Derbyshire Dales.
A Nature Prescription is a free to use, non-medical approach based on accessible, self-led activities that people can do anywhere, on their own or with others; and that aim to create lasting connections with nature.
The project is being led by the RSPB and Peak District National Park Authority with the Social Prescribing team at Derbyshire Dales CVS (Council for Voluntary Services).
The year-round programme offers a calendar of ideas and opportunities for people to experience the health benefits of spending time outdoors and getting closer to nature. The scheme also works for people who are unable to leave their homes by suggesting activities they can do such as listening to birds from their window.
The prescriptions are based on accessible, self-led activities that people can do from home, on their own or with others, which have been trialled successfully by RSPB Scotland in the Shetland Isles and Edinburgh, and resulted in over 74% of patients saying they had benefitted.
The Nature Prescription is available through the Social Prescribing Team of the Derbyshire Dales CVS www.ddcvs.org.uk/ social-prescribing/
For more advice on how to connect with Nature, there is information on the National Park website www.peakdistrict.gov. uk/home-wellbeing