As Dr. William Bird says,
'The countryside can be seen as a great outpatient department whose therapeutic value is yet to be fully realised.'

  • Are you part of a GP practice or the NHS in North Devon?
  • Would you be interested in exploring Nature-based Interventions for your clients?
  • Would you be keen to get real results for your clients in a more cost effective way than the traditional methods?

How can ecotherapy help your practice?

Ecotherapy is a range of nature-based programmes that can support the wellbeing of your clients. People join Ecotherapy and Nature-based programmes for all sorts of reasons; they might get something completely different from one activity from someone else. However, there are some common benefits associated with Ecotherapy and its combination of outdoor activities and nature - specifically that it:

  • Improves mental health
  • Improves physical health
  • Develops social life
  • Builds confidence
  • Strengthens our connection with nature
  • Helps practise mindfulness

The prevalence of mental ill-health is on the rise in the UK with an estimated one in four people experiencing a ‘significant’ mental health problem in any one year. With prescriptions at record levels and a huge demand for other therapies, health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options.


Pathfinder-UK’s nature-based interventions could be part of a new solution for mental health care. With increasing recognition of the importance of nature and place, Pathfinder-UK can provide a range of nature-based interventions working with a wide range of vulnerable groups.

Improves Mental Health

Ecotherapy can make a significant difference to how your clients, for example by helping them you feel more grounded, providing an alternative perspective on life and helping their mind and body to relax.

It can:

  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce anger
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress
  • Improve your mood and self-esteem
  • Increase your emotional resilience

Ecotherapy benefits wellbeing by providing a therapeutic space where your clients can talk about their problems, or even think about them - instead there is more space to learn new skills, develop new interests and make new friends.


How does ecotherapy reduce depression?

Research into ecotherapy has shown it can be a successful treatment for mild to moderate depression.


This is thought to be due to a combination of:

  • Doing more physical activity, which is known to have many physical and mental health benefits
  • Getting more regular social contact with people, which can reduce loneliness and boost self-estemm
  • Being surrounded by nature, which can boost your overall mood and sense of wellbeing


Enviromental conservation programmes and care farms in particular, have been shown to reduce anger and depression and improve self-esteem. Evidence also suggests that being more active in nature can improve your mood far more than doing similar exercise indoors.

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Note: If you're considering making any changes to your treatment, you should always talk with your GP or psychiatrist first, so that they can advise you on how to make changes safely. It's not usually advisable to stop taking medication suddenly, whether or not you're starting another treatment