OUR FUTURE HEALTH: how to unlock the restorative power of nature
Image: Horatio's Garden,Salisbury .Photo credit Horatio's Garden
For millennia we have lived in close and intimate contact with the natural world around us, and in the blink of an eye are fast losing that connection. Our modern lives are hectic and chaotic cycles that are spawning ever increasing mental and physical health problems.
Our Digital Spring 2021 conference speakers, Sue Stuart-Smith, Tijana Blanusa, Olivia Kirk, Topher Delaney, Jo Gibbons, Tom Stuart-Smith, and Faith Ramsey as our Chair, will take a look at the health problems we face in the modern world and examine why we have reached this point and examine how we can mitigate these effects through the gardens and landscapes that we design.
From the simple action of being within a green space, sowing seeds at rehabilitation centres and community garden projects to the principles of user led design, plant selection and spatial layout our speakers will take us on a journey through our disconnected modern lives, back to our inherent subconscious connection to nature that is within us all and onward to a much brighter, well connected and balanced future.
“put human history into one week, starting Monday and this modern world emerges 3 seconds before midnight on Sunday…
The human brain evolved in the context of the natural world, yet we expect it to function optimally in the unnatural urban surrounds that people inhabit today”
Jules Pretty – extract from The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith