The next Wildlife Gardening Forum conference will be on 21 October at the University Hospital, Coventry, where delegates will see an NHS Forest Project that involves planting 1.3m trees, one for each NHS employee.
There will also be presentations reviewing garden and green infrastructure impacts on human health and wellbeing.
Forum coordinator Steve Head said: "This is a very important topic in its own right, but also because governments tend to rate health issues as more important than mere environmental or biodiversity opportunities, so health is an important lever to get better regard for gardens and urban green space."
Speakers booked include:
Sarah Knight of Anglia Ruskin University – Forest Schools, wildlife gardening and health
Francoise Freedman of Birthlight – Women’s health and medicinal wildlife gardening
Dr Ambra Burls of the Centre for sustainable healthcare – NHS Forest and Outer Space
Dr Rebecca Lovell of Exeter University - Review of Health and wellbeing benefits of biodiverse environments
Speaker (probably Jan Bailey) from Restore on the mental rehab work at Elder Stubbs Allottments
David Askew - Forum Wellbeing Group. Personal experience of horticultural therapy in recovering from brain injury.
The afternoon will include a tour of the NHS Forest Project.