In July 2020, Environment Secretary George Eustice announced a £4million investment for a cross-government project aimed at ‘Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing’.
As part of the project, the government is inviting Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) leads to submit an expression of interest to become a ‘test and learn’ site for the project.
The test and learn site aims to test how to increase use and connectivity to green social prescribing in England in order to:
improve mental health outcomes
reduce health inequalities
reduce demand on the health and social care system
EOIs should be made in partnership with ICS/STP leads, natural environment sector leads and other key stakeholders, such as local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations and public health.