The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Health and the Natural Environment seeks to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment might have on our health and wellbeing.

The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford, Member of Parliament for Rother Valley and meets quarterly, will seek to:

  • support people’s health and wellbeing, especially those from marginalised communities and people with disabilities, by improving their opportunities to access and experience their local natural environment i.e. addressing health prevention.
  • support healthcare professionals to access local, high quality green care services through the system of social prescribing i.e. addressing health needs.
  • help promote awareness and understanding of the physical health and mental wellbeing benefits to people of all ages, particularly children, that come from access to and connection with the natural environment.
  • help meet the increasing demand for non-clinical health and social care services by increasing the scale and quality of green care activities available to people close to where they live.

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, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

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

For any queries regarding the APPG on Health and the Natural Environment, contact the Secretariat.

Meeting dates – updated 22 June 2021

  • 3.30pm, 27 April 2021. Inaugural meeting – to establish the APPG on Health and the Natural Environment
  • 3 – 4.30pm, 29 June 2021. An overview of the evidence – overview of the latest evidence from international and UK research, exploring gaps and opportunities
  • 3 – 4.30pm, 19 October 2021. Transforming delivery – to provide examples of delivery programmes which aim to transform the provision of community based activities, using the natural environment, to better support people’s health and wellbeing 
  • 3 – 4.30pm, 8 February 2022. Building resilience in local communities  – to examine the funding landscape for the provision of community based activities, using the natural environment, to better support people’s health and wellbeing, at national, regional and local levels

Membership list – updated 28 June 2021

Chair

Alexander Stafford MP (Conservative)

Vice-chairs

Lord Blencathra (Conservative)

Ian Byrne MP (Labour)

Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative)

Lord Curry of Kirkharle (Crossbench)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett (Labour)

Lord McColl of Dulwich (Conservative)

Lord Randall of Uxbridge (Conservative)

Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat)

Secretariat

National Academy for Social Prescribing, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Members

Lord Best (Crossbench)

Lord Bird (Crossbench)

Baroness Boycott (Crossbench)

Lord Cormack (Conservative)

Claire Coutinho MP (Conservative)

Lord Dubs (Labour)

Lord Howarth of Newport (Labour)

Lord Inglewood (Non-affiliated)

Lord Lucas (Conservative)

Caroline Lucas MP (Green)

Baroness Masham of Ilton (Crossbench)

Jerome Mayhew MP (Conservative)

Baroness Meacher (Crossbench)

Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrat)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market (Conservative)

The Earl of Shrewsbury (Conservative)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock (Crossbench)