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

The Strategic Framework was published on 28 June 2019 - read the news story. The Strategy and supporting documents can be downloaded here

The development of the Strategic Framework included a policy review and detailed evidence synthesis. These 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 identified the wide range of green health activities currently provided across NHS Lothian. Information was 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.

Read the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace and Health Strategic Framework, action plan, logic models, evidence and policy reviews

Want to know more about Green Health or get involved in supporting delivery of the Lothians Green Health Strategy? Get in touch with Ian Mackenzie, Green Health Programme Manager (Lothians) email