Green spaces worth £2.2bn to public health in England

The BBC reports on a new study which reveals outdoor exercise delivers an estimated £2.2bn of health benefits to adults in England each year, 

Scientists calculated that more than eight million people each week took at least 30 minutes of "green exercise".

They hope the results highlight how encouraging more people to use parks will help reverse the trend of rising obesity levels across the UK.

The findings have been presented in the journal Preventative Medicine.

Coming soon - Valuing Nature Placements 2 and Business Impact School 2

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the Valuing Nature Business Impact School and the Placement Scheme early in 2016, we will be running these activities again in 2017 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council.

We will publicise these opportunities through this website and via the Valuing Nature Network mailing list - sign up now if you're not already on the list.


Information on the events we ran earlier this year

New Publication: LWEC Climate Change Impacts Report Card - Agriculture & Forestry

The LWEC Agriculture & Forestry Climate Change Impacts Report Card is the fifth in a series of such cards published by Living With Environmental Change Network.

The Agriculture and Forestry Sectors play a major role in UK primary production contributing to economic activity, jobs and the wellbeing of society; they produce food, fibre and fuel with UK agriculture currently providing around 50% of the food consumed in this country.

Save the date! Valuing Nature Annual Conference 18 October 2016, Manchester

As part of the Valuing Nature Programme's aim to build interdisciplinary research capability with strong engagement of end users we are pleased to announce that the Valuing Nature Annual Conference will be held at the Town Hall in Manchester on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

A varied programme will bring together researchers, practitioners, business and policy makers in a forum of key note presentations, discussion and activity workshops.


Natural Capital Protocol launched

The Natural Capital Coalition has launched the Natural Capital Protocol to help businesses apply natural capital concepts in their decision making.

The NCC says: "The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information for business managers to inform decisions.

The Protocol aims to support better decisions by including how we interact with nature, or more specifically natural capital.