Nature Connections for Health
That there is a treehouse designed for adults to de-stress is both wonderful and fascinating. While we haggle with government and local authorities to be allowed to design more nature into the daily lives of schoolchildren and the elderly, smart entrepreneurs are getting on with it, and letting people access the mental and physical health benefits of nature. This is a great example of the free market taking the lead.
Apparently it's International Hug a Dog day on Monday, for mental health. We know nature connections (aka hugging a dog when there are no trees, birds or butterflies available) lower stress cortisol levels, reduce anxiety and can prevent depression. However, the concept of ownership and access makes health inequitable. The subtext reads : "You can only be healthy if you can afford to stay in a treehouse, or own a dog".
The good news is, if we have street trees and natural playspaces in our parks and schools, around our housing estates and, even, in those ghastly business parks, then everyone, regardless of ability to pay, can become a guardian of a space. They can be a protector of a nature connection, whether tree or stream, bird or bug. Nature connections for health. Now there's an idea