Implications for Woodland Wellbeing Practice and Policy
This concluding chapter draws together evidence from the previous pages through expanding and re-presenting the GfW framework for understanding and interpreting woodland wellbeing. Using the evidence from the case studies, we describe what helped and hindered practitioner-researchers in their use of the framework and how their findings expanded understanding of how woodland wellbeing is achieved and the indicators we can use to evidence it. We affirm that local social and environmental knowledge is frequently a key part of the success of woodland-based health and wellbeing services and argue against any movement towards a one-size-fits-all solution to service design and delivery. Finally, we highlight that human and tree health are mutually entwined and that no woodland-based health and wellbeing service can deliver benefits without the sustainable health and wellbeing of trees, woods and forests.
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