Landscape and wellbeing

Authored by: Mike Rogerson , Valerie Gladwell , Jules Pretty , Jo Barton

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138104051
eBook ISBN: 9781315102375
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315102375-50

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Abstract

Our landscape is a significant health resource that promotes physical, mental and social wellbeing. Salutogenic landscapes afford behaviours that reduce stress, restore mental fatigue and enhance mood, self-esteem and wellbeing. They also foster physical wellbeing via opportunities to be active, and social wellbeing improves due to increased levels of social engagement, integration, participation and social support. This chapter explores how the landscape can offer opportunities for health and wellbeing benefits, and within the current context of escalating public mental ill-health, it analyses the role of nature-based interventions in wellbeing promotion. The evidence will help advance our understanding of the notion of restorative landscapes.

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