Exploring the link between nature and wellbeing, health research reveals:

Evolution has led to a genetic proneness in humans to respond positively to nature.

A great majority of adults across different cultures prefer realistic, representational nature scenes to other art.

Viewing nature scenes is highly effective in lowering stress and pain levels as well as impacting other related conditions.

Across all age groups (5-17 years) and genders, a great majority of children prefer art featuring nature over abstract or cartoon-like images.

The Nature Works for Health initiative is a wonderful way of trying to make our time in hospitals less horrible and, indeed, healthier, by giving us views of the outside world of nature – of trees, of water, of the sky. ”

Henry Marsh CBE FRCS, leading Neurosurgeon and Author