Green Health Partnership up for RSPB Award

Green Health Partnership up for RSPB Award Image

The Dundee Green Health Partnership has again been recognised for its work in improving people’s health and wellbeing by being shortlisted at this year’s RSPB Scotland Nature of Scotland Awards.

The Green Health Partnership continues to make a significant impact on people’s lives by encouraging individuals to get outside, active and make the most of the city’s greenspaces. This approach addresses the public health priority of tackling health inequalities and is transforming Dundee’s approach to prevention, treatment and recovery of ill-health.

The RSPB awards recognise individuals and organisations making a difference in their local communities, businesses and schools to support Scotland’s wildlife and special places.

Initiatives from across Scotland have been shortlisted across nine categories, and winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 17 November.

Neighbourhood Services Convener Councillor Anne Rendall said: “The Green Health Partnership continues to be recognised for its work for good reason. The resource is a special one and I would urge anyone who thinks they may benefit from getting help to use the outdoors to boost their health and wellbeing to get in touch with the service. 

“The project has a range of opportunities they can signpost individuals to and get them enjoying nature and the city’s outdoor areas in a way that best suits them.”

Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland said: “The last 18 months have reignited many people’s love for nature, highlighting its importance to all aspects of our lives – be it our health, the economy, or wellbeing.

“This is reflected in the exceptionally high standard of entries for our 10th anniversary Nature of Scotland Awards. We’ve seen outstanding examples from community work and local dog walkers to businesses and schools making a fundamental change to their practices, for the benefit of our environment.

“Our judges will not have an easy job whittling this down to just nine winners, and in order to find our 10th I would urge everyone to vote for their Nature Champions of the Decade. Huge thanks to everyone who applied and congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted!”

Francesca Osowska, chief executive of awards co-sponsor NatureScot, said: “The applications for the Nature of Scotland Awards have been inspiring, showing we all benefit from nature, and everyone can help to create a nature-rich future in Scotland. 

“We’re proud to support the awards, and we are particularly excited this year to be sponsoring the new Nature Champions of the Decade category.

“Good luck to all of the shortlisted finalists, we look forward to celebrating the many dedicated people and projects leading the way to protect and enhance our biodiversity.”

More information about the Green Health project can be found on the Dundee Green Health Partnership website.

The service is also available for self-referrals by contacting Tay.GreenHealth@nhs.scot or phoning 01382 305757.

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