Nature on Prescription
20TH MAY ’21
Natural therapies are becoming ever more mainstream. In this RED Talk we advance the discussion around how to incorporate nature prescribing into our existing healthcare structures, and the opportunities for a parallell, sustainable and integrated prevention healthcare framework.
The healing and health-creating benefits of nature are well known, although natural therapies have traditionally been on the fringes of healthcare. However, they are likely to become more mainstream as the Department of Health shifts its gaze towards the development and roll out of preventative healthcare strategies in the wake of covid; the pandemic has shown how quasi-lifestyle factors can influence the likeliness of illness and the severity with which illnesses are experienced. This development in government thinking and our increased awareness of our health status combine to create greater demand for nature on prescription. We look at natural therapies, commercial opportunities for landowners and healthcare businesses, and how nature prescribing can be integrated with existing public and private health structures.
Barry Gardiner MP
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Nature and International Conservation
Barry is the Labour Member of Parliament for Brent North. Since first being elected in 1997, Barry has served as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change from 2016 to 2020. When in government Barry served as a minister for three departments, including Minister for Biodiversity in the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Barry has always been highly active in parliament, serving on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, the Public Accounts Select Committee and the Broadcasting and Procedure Select Committees. He has stood on the Finance Standing Committee and scrutinised the budget for three years in a row and played a significant role in scrutinising the Energy Bill through his membership of the Energy Bill Committee. Barry is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Nature and International Conservation.
Founder of Canopy & Stars
Founded in 2010, Canopy & Stars is part of Alastair Sawday’s, and is the UK’s leading glamping and outdoor holiday accommodation provider. A letting agency for treehouses, cabins, yurts and other beautiful spaces, Canopy & Stars is a collection of unique, creative places to stay in the outdoors giving you a genuine experience of a life more wild. Tom is responsible for the curation of the Canopy & Stars collection and provides consultancy and advice to owners seeking to set up glamping sites.
Head of Healthcare and Partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Duncan joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2014 as part of the firm’s regional and sector growth strategy. He was previously a Director at EY, with more than 15 years with both EY and PwC in London, where he worked with clients ranging from international listed groups to national and local owner-managed enterprises. This period included a 3 year secondment to PwC’s Business Restructuring group, working on substantial (often cross-border) financial and operational restructurings such as the NHS’s National Implementation Team. Before training as an accountant, he was an officer in the British Army. As Head of Healthcare, he works in three main tiers: Primary care, Secondary care, and Private care involving sectors such as private hospitals, day care, and occupational health. Outside of work, his personal commitment in a voluntary capacity extends over 20 years in a variety of roles, currently he is a special advisor to the UK Vasculitis Trust.
Founder & Director, The Forest Bathing Institute
The Forest Bathing Institute (TFBI) was set up by husband and wife team Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina. The TFBI have a team of Forest Bathing guides who run events across the UK with regular events held across the Surrey Hills. TFBI is dedicated to ensuring that the Japanese scientific studies into Forest Bathing can be replicated and expanded upon across the UK and Europe and its long term goal is to see Forest Bathing+ available as a prescription option for doctors and health care professionals across the UK and Europe as emerging science is rapidly shining a spotlight on the physiological reasons time spent in nature is good for all of us.
Professor Louise Manning
Director of Knowledge Exchange, The Royal Agricultural University
Professor Louise Manning has worked for over 35 years in the agri-food supply chain in a range of roles. Her expertise is in the area of food security and food integrity including food safety, food quality, food crime, policy and governance, social and corporate responsibility, resilience, risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Louise has carried out projects for government bodies and companies throughout Europe and Africa. This work includes strategic risk analysis and mitigation for both corporate organisations and public bodies. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and written and edited books in the subject area. Louise’s research work also involves undertaking desktop reviews; qualitative and quantitative fieldwork including focus groups, workshops and in-depth interviews, questionnaire design and analysis, strategic framework, communication systems and model design and developing tools to drive risk communication and engagement of stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain.