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Sow the City has worked with Prestwich Hospital to create a Green Health Walk to encourage staff, service users and visitors to enjoy the hospital grounds, and promote the physical and mental benefits of nature.
The Green Health walk was commissioned by Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust, and has been created by hospital volunteers and Sow the City staff.
In 2019 Sow the City approached Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust (GMMH) to develop a project which would lead to the design and construction a new Green Health Walk at Prestwich Hospital - a marked walking route for visitors, staff and service users to enjoy the hospital grounds. The walk would employ theory in environmental, to enhance the healing environment and provide opportunities for exercise, learning and socialising. Sow the City conducted an ecological survey and carried out an open room consultation with staff and service users to inform the development of the walk. Surveys revealed a variety of bat species on site, and areas of semi-natural deciduous woodland habitat with vast ecological value for invertebrates, birds and mammals. In March 2020, the construction of the walk was completed by Sow the City staff and volunteers from the hospital. The Green Health Walk is a 20 minute stroll through the grounds with seven new ‘stations’ to visit: a heritage orchard, allotment, herb bed, natural sculpture,  bird and bat habitat boxes, and native woodland. As well as providing points of interest, the stations offer additional benefits including produce for the hospital café, new habitat for wildlife and both climate change and surface water flooding mitigation. The Green Health Walk is signposted, and maps are available for route navigation. Sow the City are now speaking to other hospitals and healthcare facilities to discuss potential for replication of this model.
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[The Green Health Walk] will lead to anticipated benefits in relation to physical health outcomes and potential improvements in confidence building, self-esteem, and social skills etc. as well as improving staff well-being
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