Urban Green Space as a Public Health Resource: Lessons from Ottawa’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden

By Renate Sander-Regier and Josephine Etowa.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Mounting evidence reveals that green space and access to nature have positive influences on human health, as demonstrated by the case study of Ottawa’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden (FWG). Volunteers involved in this urban wildlife habitat project experience a broad range of human health benefits: (i) physical, through engagement in a wide range of bodily activities; (ii) social, through participation in a team working toward a common goal; and (iii) more deeply personal, through opportunities to find peace, enrichment, and satisfaction in their work on-site. The FWG case study provides insight into the sort of local initiative with which public health practitioners could develop partnerships; it also illustrates the need to integrate green space protection and access into various planning and policy processes.

Keywords: Green Space, Nature, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Social Wellness, Public Health, Community Health, Environmental Health

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.944KB).

Renate Sander-Regier

Part-time Professor, Geography, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Josephine Etowa

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada