The fast-paced day included keynotes from Paul Farmer (Mind Chief Executive), who introduced the Ecotherapy works campaign and was followed by Rachel Bragg (University of Essex) who gave an overview of the new wellbeing research findings from Ecominds.
They were joined by representatives from two Ecominds-supported projects: Paula Conway from Grow2Grow in Kent who explored the use of ecotherapy as a treatment for young people with mental health problems, and Dominic Higgins from TCV's Wellbeing Comes Naturally who considered the wider public health benefits of ecotherapy using examples from TCV's Green Gym initiative.
The conference also heard a personal account from Michael Lishman, an Ecominds beneficiary, who recalled his experiences of using Growing Well in Cumbria. The morning session continued with keynotes from Heema Shukla (Public Health England) and Olivier Vardakoulias (nef consulting).
To close the morning session, speakers joined together for an engaging panel discussion with questions from the floor hosted by the event chair, Karen Lowthrop (CEO Hill Holt Wood).
The afternoon featured a lively presentation from Big Lottery Fund, England Director Dharmendra Kanani. He was followed by Ecominds-funded project staff who explored practice examples from the funding scheme.
Beren Aldridge from Growing Well talked about measuring outcomes and proving value to commissioners. Lisa Cunningham from PoLLeN discussed the merits of different ways of measuring wellbeing.
Marina Robb from Earthwise explored how their project worked with children and young people in East Sussex. The event closed with rousing presentation from Grounded Ecotherapy where Ken Greenway, Kelvin Barton and Paul Pulford gave a passionate account of their innovative work with people who have drug and alcohol misuse problems in London.
If you didn't make it to the event or missed a session you can listen to full audio recordings from each session.