There are many ways to connect with the natural environment. An outdoor experience can benefit your health, enable you to get closer to nature, be used as an educational opportunity or help with building community partnerships – the list is almost endless.
Some of Natural England’s key projects to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of the natural environment:
Greenspace - Greenspaces offer many benefits to people who live near them and visit them, to the places they are set in and to the nature that they host.
Working with local communities - Natural England is involved in many initiatives that rely on working closely with and through local communities.
Health and the natural environment - Access to the natural environment improves health and wellbeing, prevents disease and helps people recover from illness.
Outdoor learning in the natural environment - Outdoor learning activities such as those that take place in school gardens, local parks, farm visits and residential centres, help make core subjects rich and relevant and get students excited about learning.
Outdoors for All - We work with partner organisations to increase the number and diversity of people inspired by and enjoying the natural environment.
MENE and our key research - The Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey provides statistically robust information on how the English adult population access, use and engage with the natural world.