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Dose of Nature in Cornwall

The Dose of Nature project has been running nature-based interventions for health and wellbeing across the south west region since 2014.  Nature-based interventions are activities run in groups to which patients can be referred by their GP, or by other health professionals (some also allow self-referrals). People can come to these groups with physical or mental health conditions.

Each example is a partnership between local surgeries, environmental partners who own or manage land, patients and service users, and trained individuals who run the group.

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In Cornwall, Dose of Nature groups have run in St Ives, Hayle, Newquay, Wadebridge and the Roseland peninsula.  Other charities and organisations run similar activities and often accept referrals; there is a growing community of people interested in running, joining or referring to nature-based interventions.

Using natural environments for personal (as well as public) health and wellbeing is an integral part of both the Environmental Growth Strategy, led by the Local Nature Partnership, and the strategy for reforming health and social care services in Cornwall, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

For these reasons Cornwall Council and its partners have produced for public consultation a plan for the further development of nature-based interventions (or ‘nature-on-referral’ services).  You can view the summary of the plan, and the full document, by clicking on the links below.  We want to find out a number of things from this consultation, including: 

  • gaining a greater understanding of the appetite for nature-on-referral services. We want to hear from potential patients, group leaders, referrers, and those who manage the natural spaces themselves.
  •  from that we want to build on the economic business plan that we already have, so that we can work out what additional services might cost, what savings they will create, and who should fund the work.
  • most importantly, we want to see more people in Cornwall benefiting from getting out and about in the natural environment.  We think there are social, environmental and economic gains to be made by expanding this sort of activity, to individuals and also to the population in general.

View Full Cornwall Nature on Referral Plan

View Summary Cornwall Nature on Referral Plan

We want to hear your views; please complete the questionnaire using the link below: 

Complete the questionnaire online

The deadline for your initial responses is 17:00 on Monday 10th July 2017. The consultation will remain open after that for a further two months until 10th September 2017.