A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the Natural Environment has been established to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment has on our health and wellbeing.

The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford MP, will investigate:

  • The impact and benefits of nature to peoples’ health and wellbeing particularly those most heavily impacted by COVID or from disadvantage areas.
  • The challenges and barriers to helping more people access the natural environment more regularly, especially those from disadvantaged areas, and what changes in policy and provision are required.
  • How we might build resilience in local communities, by looking at delivery programmes which aim to transform the scale and quality of nature-based activities and services offered by community groups and voluntary organisations across the country.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords.

The National Academy for Social Prescribing has been appointed as the Secretariat to the APPG, in line with its strategic objective to raise the profile of social prescribing and to build relationships across sectors.