greenspace scotland is working with NHS Lothian, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and a wide range of partners and stakeholders to develop a Greenspace and Health Strategic Framework for Edinburgh & Lothians.

The Strategic Framework will be published in April 2019 and we will soon be recruiting a Programme Manager to lead work on the Edinburgh & Lothians Green Health programme.

The development of the Strategic Framework has included a policy review and detailed evidence synthesis. These have informed the development of two logic models: (1) greenspace and health & wellbeing, and (2) therapeutic and other interventions in greenspace.

Stakeholder surveys, workshops and interviews have identified the wide range of green health activities currently provided across NHS Lothian. Information has been collated for over 170 sites and activities – these include health walks, community and therapeutic gardening projects, Green Gyms and Branching Out projects.

The NHS green estate has been mapped and a digital [GIS] Green Health Map developed showing the NHS estate, publicly accessible greenspace, location and type of health activities, deprivation and health data. This information will be used to target the provision and resourcing of future green health activities.

The Strategic Framework identifies key actions and delivery will require coordinated action and investment by a wide range of stakeholders.