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Improving wellbeing through nature 2020

At a time when government advice was to stay at home to keep yourself safe from Covid-19, we carried out a survey to see how people in Richmond and surrounding boroughs were using nature to support their wellbeing. This report shows that at a time of chaos and uncertainty people used nature to create meaning and certainty in their lives. It also highlights inequalities in access to the outdoor environment in the borough and the importance of nature-rich green space.

The project also explored the benefits of outdoor learning as a resource and considered its place in the London Borough of Richmond. In a final report the project surveyed a small group of people to understand different ways of bringing people together so that their wellbeing would benefit from spending time in nature.

Read the reports here:

Supporting Wellbeing through Nature during the Coronavirus 2020

Synopsis of Supporting Wellbeing through Nature during the Coronavirus 2020

Improving Wellbeing through Nature in Richmond: an exploration of the benefits of using nature as a wellbeing resource

Designing outdoor learning activities to support wellbeing

Press release September 2020

 Our thanks to Heathrow Community Trust for their support of this project and the SWLEN for their support with the survey work.


Learn more about how we have adapted our projects in 2020.

We are working hard to keep our projects going and provide support to our existing participants and anyone else who wants to lift their spirits at this difficult time. 

Outside Inside in Hounslow

This is a new project to engage those who are isolated at home. It will use nature to inspire use old skills and develop new interests. We will bring people together safely to socialise and share their experiences through weekly activities, telephone conferencing and newsletters. The project newsletters can be found on the newsletter tab of this website.

Please get in touch to take part or to receive a newsletter. 

Read the mid term report

Outside inside poster

Friendship and Fresh Air with Multicultural Richmond

This project continued as Inside with Friends. We met remotely, set quizzes and sent out a pack of material for the participants to grow plants, and keep a diary. Many of the participants are not able to go out as they are shielding so we provided a package of materials which contained: soil, flower and vegetable seeds, and growing instructions with photographs. There was a tomato plant, a diary, pencil, art materials ansd some luxuary teabags. A future activity will involve growing plants from their kitchen cupboard and fridge.

Gardening with EMAG

Hounslow Stroll, Chat and Cuppa

This project is continuing beyond the life of the project. Get in touch if you would like to take part.

Telephone Conferencing

Outside Inside in Richmond. (BYO) Cuppa and a Chat

We have a new project in partnership with Richmond Council parks team. This was planned for launch in March but we have adapted how we deliver it so that we can reach the participants safely. 

stroll poster


Improving wellbeing through nature

We have adapted our project funded by Heathrow Community Trust to consider how local people are using nature to support their wellbeing at the time of the corona virus. We want to hear what you have done and how you have benefited from spending time outside. The survey was launched as part of Mental Health Awareness Week and will be open until 1st July.

Research poster June 2020

To take part follow this link Wellbeing through Nature in Richmond


The Covid Chronicles

Our Climate Change Conversations have been postponed but we have developed a different activity that anyone can take part in. Contact us if you are interested in taking part, we'd love to hear from you.

Covid Chronicles Introduction


What we are asking you to do

Topics to investigate