A woman wearing green gardening gloves with her hands in the soil planting a tomato plant

Green Social Prescribing Toolkit

Learning from the Green Social Prescribing programme to tackle and prevent mental ill health

Resultsand findings

  • Over 8,500 people have been referred to a green social prescribing activity during the programme from April 2021-March 2023.
  • Interim evaluation findings showed positive improvements in mental health and wellbeing and strong engagement in communities experiencing high levels of social inequalities that affect health and wellbeing. The final evaluation report will be published later in 2023
  • 85% uptake of green social prescriptions when offered
  • Green networks have been established in all test and learn sites
  • Integrated workforce development has increased trust and understanding between delivery partners and healthcare providers, leading to more referrals to suitable green activities
  • Green social prescribing is represented in policy and strategy at a national and local level across different government sectors
  • Green social prescribing continues to be delivered in all seven of the test and learn sites, demonstrating a lasting impact of the programme

DHSC has also commissioned and funded four clinical research studies testing the effectiveness of green social prescribing on mental health outcomes. These studies have been commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and if found to be feasible, there are plans for full-scale studies.

  • A development and feasibility study for a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of nature-based social prescribing for mental health 
  • A nature-based intervention to improve mental health: Efficacy of an angling intervention for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Outdoor swimming as a nature-based social prescribing intervention for depression: a feasibility randomised control trial 
  • A short-term evaluability assessment looking at what works for whom in what contexts for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups

The impact of Green Social Prescribing

Green Social Prescribing in Humber and North Yorkshire

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Green Social Prescribing in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

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Green Social Prescribing in Nottingham ICS

Play Video: Nottingham Integrated Care System

Green Social Prescribing in South Yorkshire ICS

Play Video: South Yorkshire Integrated Care System


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