By David Feather
What would you say if you went to see your GP because you were feeling a bit down and was told to get out into a green space like Southwick Country Park? I ask because a number of GP practices in Scotland are doing just that.
All images: Walking For Health group from Frome, hiking in the park last year, photographed by SMH
Nature Prescriptions started in Shetland in 2017 as a partnership between RSPB Scotland and NHS Shetland and was successfully rolled out to all ten GP practices across Shetland in 2018. Five practices in Edinburgh are now trying it out in an urban environment. I hope that it is successful.
The fact that you are reading this, means you are a supporter of Southwick Country Park and already realise the therapeutic value of such a precious green space. Wouldn’t it be great if our Trowbridge practitioners caught on to its value, giving out Nature Prescriptions instead of pills?