Green social prescribing is the practice of supporting patients to engage in nature-based activities. This can include activities such as walking, cycling, community gardening and food-growing projects, as well as practical conservation tasks such as tree planting. An example includes prescribing appropriate physical activity to people living with long-term conditions to manage their conditions and improve their mental wellbeing.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) worked with nature organisations to put together and secure a bid to be one of seven ‘Green Social Prescribing Test and Learn’ sites in England.
The project is backed by a partnership involving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Health and Social Care, Natural England and several other stakeholders.