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Biodiverse therapeutic green spaces 2.0

Green is good, biodiverse even better. A biodiverse care garden creates benefits for both people and nature. This is not only our conviction, there is evidence to support it. As part of the PWO Biodiverse therapeutic green spaces, the website www.biodiverszorggroen.be was developed and launched in May 2022. By means of eight design qualities for a biodiverse care garden, the website provides a framework to allow both biodiversity and care to play a valuable and mutually reinforcing role in the outdoor areas of care facilities. This is demonstrated in four biodiverse care greens designs and with inspirational care greens activities. This follow-up project has several goals. Firstly, we want to find out what the most effective elements of biodiverse care greens are. We examine how general designs and activities can be translated into concrete advice on the lay-out and use of care gardens and activities, adapted to the specific target group, type of facility or garden. After all, it is still unclear, even for target groups for whom a lot is already known about therapeutic gardens, which design features and which garden activities have the most effect or provide the greatest added value for users and caregivers (Murroni et al., 2021). Based on this, we can provide healthcare facilities with evidence-based guidelines and advice on how to design and use their biodiverse care garden and assist them in making choices in the design and implementation process. Care facilities will thus receive more customised recommendations on how to implement a biodiverse garden and/or biodiverse care activities. Secondly, we are focusing on further analysing the data collected within the PWO Biodiverse theapeutic green spaces regarding the impact of biodiverse greenery on care and well-being. The "Study in Green" pilot project examined the effect of students studying in a green environment. Additionally, the PWO project collected data on walking in a green biodiverse environment compared to walking in an urban environment. Thirdly, we investigate how to boost a connection to nature and which tools could be useful for this. After all, spending time in nature or “nature contact” does not automatically mean feeling connected to nature. Being connected to nature increases both the positive effect of nature on people's well-being and support for nature conservation. Amplifying this connection is therefore a valuable win-win for both people and nature (Lammens & Simoens, 2022; Lumber, Richardson & Sheffield, 2017). In general, we focus on valorisation by further monitoring/updating the website, developing promotional materials and a service offering, and by maintaining relationships with partners and in the context of the Green Deal.
Date:26 Sep 2022 →  Today
Keywords:biodiversity
Disciplines:Other paramedical sciences not elsewhere classified
Project type:Service project