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Green Health Prescription

A Green Health Prescription is a new form of prescription. Alongside other, traditional, treatments your health professional may prescribe spending time outdoors. Your prescription may say how long you need to spend outdoors and it may include ideas of how to do this and groups that can help.   

Why is green health prescribing offered?

Spending time outdoors has been shown to help people’s physical health, mental health and help manage long term conditions by: 

  • Reducing stress, tiredness, anxiety, and depression.  
  • Increasing the healthy bacteria in your gut, levels of vitamin D and supporting your immune system. 
  • Reducing your heart rate and blood pressure and reducing diseases such as asthma and type 2 diabetes.  

How may it be offered?

If, after a Good Conversation with a health professional, they think you would benefit from spending time outside they can support you in 2 ways:

  1. Provide 1:1 support and make a referral to your wellbeing team at the practice and they can support you to look into more options.
  2. Provide up to date information about local groups, there are Green Health notice boards in every practice or these pages on Midspace where there is further information on local groups in nature.

Local groups:

Midlothian Community Hospital Garden 16+

Join gardening, green space activities and an outdoor kitchen. 

Pavilion Garden

An enclosed community garden in Mayfield where folks can join in with outdoor learning and activities, improve wellbeing and access healthy food from our cafe. 

Health in Mind

An outdoor group in a walled garden in Dalkeith. A walking group and gentle cycling group. 

Newbattle Abbey College

Woodland activities including natural crafts, woodland workouts, nature discovery & creative storytelling. You can work towards an accredited award at a level to suit you. 

Ageing Well

A programme of activities including outdoor walking groups, line dancing and walking rugby for the over 50s throughout Midlothian.

Cycling & walking.

Why not try the challenge of the Pentland Hills, gentle walks along the old railway or a few hours in parks and estates in Dalkeith, Vogrie, the Bush estate, St John Clerk’s in Penicuik and around Newbattle Abbey.

Outdoor Gyms

Outdoor Gyms can be found in Bonnyrigg and Mayfield Parks

Mental Health Swims – £0 – £2

A mental health peer support community hosting free, safe and inclusive swim meet ups. Find one near you.

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you – Midspace service directory

Useful pages on Midspace

Here are pages on Midspace that relate to Green Health Prescription and the benefits of being outdoors.

Green Spaces

Green Health Prescribing with Ageing Well

Green Health Prescribing with Health in Mind

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