G7: Health and wellbeing benefits

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Short description

This indicator will show changes in the health and wellbeing benefits that the natural environment provides for people. These will include benefits for mental and physical health that are gained from accessing nature, but also benefits such as improvements in air quality, climate regulation (for example, urban cooling) and noise mitigation that people obtain whether they access nature or not. The indicator will track changes for people in disadvantaged groups and others who may benefit the most.

Further research on health and wellbeing benefits is in progress.

This indicator is not available for reporting in 2021. Information on reported health and wellbeing outcomes from time spent in nature and nature connection, and uptake of green social prescribing, is now gathered by Natural England using the People and Nature Survey for England. This new survey, which began collecting data in April 2020 builds on the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey. The first full year of data collection was completed at the end of March 2021; data will now be analysed, and indicators will be finalised. Initial results together with further information on the survey methods, outputs and the full questionnaire are available on The People and Nature Survey homepage. The People and Nature Survey team would also welcome collaboration and feedback via their user hub.

A new indicator, derived from the results of the People and Nature survey, should be published in the Outcome Indicator Framework report in 2022. It is likely that the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on environmental health and wellbeing benefits. Insight and feedback from stakeholders via the user hub is also welcome as part of this work.

This table provides metadata for the interim or final indicator presented above.

Indicator name

Health and wellbeing benefits

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme

Natural Beauty and Engagement

Headline indicator status

People enjoying and caring about the natural environment

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Making sure that there are high quality, accessible, natural spaces close to where people live and work, particularly in urban areas, and encouraging more people to spend time in them to benefit their health and wellbeing
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Service or benefit associated with natural capital asset
Related reporting commitments
  • May provide evidence in support of Climate Change Risk Assessment and the Adaptation Sub-Committee’s assessment of the National Adaptation Programme, under the Climate Change Act (2008)
Geographic scope


Status of indicator development

In development

Date last updated

11 June 2021