RHS John MacLeod Lecture 2014

This year’s lecture from Dr William Bird and Dr Matilda van den Bosch on the subject of Health, Wellbeing and Horticulture was a potent combination of hard science and health advice.  Emphasising the links between inactivity, isolation and poor physical and mental health the lecture detailed Dr Bird’s work with the National Health Service to be able to prescribe horticulture as a treatment for ill health. Founder of the Green Gym and many other initiatives Dr Bird made a passionate case for the benefits of the outdoors. The evidence behind his work was provided by Dr van den Bosch whose work in the field of health and parks was presented at the European Forum on Urban Forestry and at the European Public Health Conference.