The research into this relationship gives some evidence that access to natural space positively impacts human well-being - some studies suggest contact with nature might benefit people suffering from mental health conditions such as dementia or depression.
However, questions which require further investigation include how biodiversity and human wellbeing are connected – does more biodiversity give us a greater wellbeing benefit? What components of biodiversity have the greatest wellbeing benefit? What are the implications for the conservation sector of the growing emphasis on nature for wellbeing?
The wellbeing projects investigate some of these questions in different settings, including coastal environments, within a mental health care setting, and as a component of newly built housing stock.