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Health and Access Workshop

10 Jul 2024

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Shorne Woods Country Park


Making Space for Nature (MS4N) Health and Access Workshop

Connection with nature is vital to our health and wellbeing.

An accessible natural environment and nature where we live, has a key role to play in achieving positive health outcomes. This half day event is an opportunity to find out more and to help develop the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) for Kent and Medway.

The workshop will follow, presentations from Kent Public Health, NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, KCC Public Rights of Way, Natural England and MS4N. The final agenda will be circulated to attendees nearer to the date of the event but book your place now!

Date and time

Wednesday, July 10 ·9:30am – 1pm GMT+1

Arrival 9.30 for 10.00 start, tea and coffee available. Car parking charges apply, but all funds contribute to the management of the Country Park

Location – Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road Shorne DA12 3HX

About this event

Time spent in nature and being able to access nature, makes a huge contribution to improving our health, in addition, nature near to us provides urban cooling, air, water and noise regulation, resulting in positive health outcomes. The county’s highway, cycleway, and public rights of way networks act as corridors for wildlife as well as connecting people to nature.

MS4N is developing the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for (LNRS), to create a network of wildlife-rich places across Kent and Medway. These strategies are being created across England under the 2021 Environment Act as a system of spatial strategies for nature and environmental improvement that will underpin England’s Nature Recovery Network.

While the priorities will be focused on habitats and species, we can shape potential measures to deliver non-environmental co-benefits, and supporting people’s health and wellbeing and access to nature is important area for us to focus on.

At the workshop we will look at the project priorities and work on developing measures and identifying co benefits in this respect, as well as considering locations where action for nature might provide the greatest benefit in terms of health and access.

We want to ensure alignment between the LNRS and your aims around health, access, and connection. The workshop is an opportunity to consider what the LNRS might archive in this respect and identify areas that might to run in parallel with the LNRS to achieve these aims.

The final agenda will be circulated to attendees nearer to the date of the event.