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Woodland Wellbeing

  • Alice GoodenoughEmail author
  • Sue Waite
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Abstract

This section discusses the growing evidence base for positive relationships between our exposure to trees, woods and forests and experiences of health and happiness. It describes theories suggesting such relationships are grounded within co-evolution of humans and nature, as well as drawing attention to the role our sociocultural connections with arboreal landscapes play. It signposts to literature from smaller studies from diverse disciplines to larger scale investigations driven by a policy need to substantiate health spending decisions. It highlights diversity and nuance within our responses towards trees, woods and forests and capacity to feel good in such settings, as well as identifying newer perspectives on and gaps in what we understand about our relationship with the outdoors and its impact on our health.

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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherStroudUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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