Mind is making the case for ecotherapy as a public health intervention and mental health treatment. Ecotherapy improves mental and physical health and wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors doing gardening, farming, food growing, exercise, art and craft, or environmental conservation work.
People tell us they like ecotherapy because it supports them to do an activity they enjoy, meet people and get outdoors in the fresh air. They usually don’t know it is called ecotherapy but might instead talk about getting involved in gardening, forestry, growing food, tending animals, conservation work, building parks and ponds and reclaiming overgrown land. They will also say that it makes them feel good, be more active, sleep better and make new friends.