Green Health

Our natural health service

Contact with nature can have a positive effect on physical and mental health. Hospital courtyards and gardens create therapeutic spaces for patients and breathing spaces for staff. This is why Green Health has been highlighted as a long term strategic priority for NHS Lothian Charity. Through our Green Health programme, we work in partnership with NHS Lothian to enhance the NHS estate and community greenspaces, and connect more patients and staff to therapeutic activities within them.

Project Highlights

People stood in the Access Place garden. Around the garden are planters with flowers and benches.

Access Place

A revitalization effort at Access Place has turned a neglected area into a greenspace and garden for both staff and service users.
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REH site map by Andy Archer

Your Place For Greenspace: Royal Edinburgh Hospital

As part of a move to create a more inviting atmosphere for patients, staff and visitors at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital we’ve teamed up with a local artist, Andy Archer, to create a series of hand-drawn illustrative artworks celebrating the site.
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Wildlife at the Western

Wildlife at the Western

Our Wildlife at the Western project highlights the different kinds of greenspaces that are available for patients, staff and visitors to explore on the doorstep of the hospital.
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Belhaven Community Garden

May 8, 2024

Unlock the Healing Power of Nature: NHS Lothian Charit…

NHS Lothian Charity is seeking a dynamic and experienced Nature Rehabilitation Ranger to join their innovative Green Health team. The […]

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April 4, 2024

Celebrating Community Garden Week: Cultivating Health …

As we celebrate Community Garden Week 2024, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the role that green spaces play in […]

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Two TCV mugs with flasks and hot chocolate

December 19, 2023

Embracing Winter through our Wild Ways Well project wi…

Paul Barclay, The Conservation Volunteers, Senior Project Officer, shares his updates over the last few months of our Wild Ways Well project.

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NHS Lothian staff holding plants they have found during a nature prescriptions workshop

December 6, 2023

Bringing Nature into the Western General Hospital

NHS Lothian Charity’s Green Health programme and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have completed a 7-month […]

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Recent case studies

Green Social Prescribing workshop

Nature Heals

Nature heals. It’s a simple statement, a simple message, but sometimes the simple things are the most powerful. I’m a […]

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RIE Panda Courtyard bunting

Grateful for greenery

At just 23-years-old, Ria O’Hanlan found herself in hospital fighting for her life. The occupational therapy student went from experiencing […]

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Nurturing our natural health service

In 2019, I joined NHS Lothian as part of NHS Lothian Charity. The Charity’s mission is to enhance the lives […]

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Green Social Prescribing workshop

Pathways to green prescribing in Midlothian

For public health nurse, Tracy McLeod, going green is all about helping people to live well and have a good […]

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Scroll through our upcoming events

NHS Lothian staff sitting on a bench laughing at Belhaven Hospital Community Garden

May 14, 2024 / The Broch, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place, Edinburgh EH10 5HF

Working together to improve health and wellbeing in NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian Charity: Green Health and Tonic Arts Network Event 2024 We are delighted to invite members of our Green […]

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two women sat talking outside

March 6, 2024 / Western General Hospital (Seminar rm1, Medical Education Centre) or online via teams

Greenspaces for Staff Wellbeing; Green Health Network Event

Our Green Health network event explored the challenges and opportunities of greenspaces for staff wellbeing. Dates: Wednesday, 6 March 2024Time: 12 midday […]

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Saudade by Katherina Axemo

October 9, 2023 – February 29, 2024

By Leaves We Live

NHS Lothian Charity’s Tonic Arts programme, in partnership with Studies in Photography, is delighted to bring this thought-provoking exhibition to […]

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Havens exhibition

November 16, 2023 – April 4, 2024 / NHS Lothian Charity: Tonic Gallery at St John’s Hospital, Livingston

Havens, the Story so Far

Since Autumn 2022, we have been visiting NHS Lothian sites across the region and discovering the interesting and sometimes surprising […]

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Connect to our network to learn and share

If you feel passionately about the benefits of nature and their potential in addressing health inequalities, join our Green Health Network. All you need are a few good ideas, a little time to spare and a willingness to be involved with promoting and supporting green health activities across the Lothians.

Get in touch

Get in touch if you would like to find out more or discuss how we can work together to benefit NHS Lothian patients and staff.

Ian Mackenzie, Green Health Programme Manager