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Green Health Partnerships

Local partnerships piloting ways to make the most of green health opportunities

Four pilot Green Health Partnerships have been established to demonstrate how better cross-sectoral co-ordination can mainstream approaches to increasing physical activity and improving mental health through engagement with the natural environment.

Led by local health boards and local authorities, these partnerships bring together the health, social care, environment, leisure, sport and active travel sectors in order to make more use of local green space as a health-promoting resource.

Action plans are being implemented that are shaped around local health priorities including tackling health inequalities, and connect with current initiatives such as Realistic Medicine, social prescribing and public health reform.

Each partnership draws on its sound knowledge of community needs, existing outdoor assets and green health activity, and adds value by identifying co-benefits. Funding support for each of the Green Health Partnerships is provided by SNH and Transport Scotland with additional support from national partners including Scottish Forestry, NHS Health Scotland and sportscotland, Paths for All and TCV.

Green Health Partnerships

This key element of the Our Natural Health Service programme is being piloted in four areas -

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