GreenME aims to identify ways in which effective nature-based therapies and a broader green care framework can be scaled-up to improve adult mental health and wellbeing equity in Europe while contributing to multiple socio-ecological co-benefits.

When we talk about mental health and wellbeing equity, we mean making sure everyone gets the benefits of green care for mental health fairly.

We acknowledge that access to and the need for green care differs among various social groups, therefore our project focuses on:

  • Mental health and wellbeing of people aged 18 and above: the interventions we are studying, which are similar across different countries, mainly cater to adults.
  • Our research plan involves several steps: assess the current situation of green care; conduct studies to understand how different aspects of green care relate to mental health and wellbeing equity in various settings; develop co-created tools with green care providers to expand green care services.

Specific objectives

A comprehensive understanding of the current state of nature-based therapy and green care in seven study countries (Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA), including existing organisational and financial models, and opportunities and barriers for equitable access to green care in Europe.

Stronger evidence on how and to what degree specific nature-based therapies in urban, semi- urban, rural, and coastal areas benefit mental health and wellbeing.

Increased evidence on the relationship between exposure to nature-in-everyday-life and nature-based health promotion and mental health and wellbeing equity in study countries.

Empowerment of green care actors and optimisation of partnerships among them to ensure the scaling-up of green care and its integration in healthcare systems to promote mental health and wellbeing equity.

Outreach and exploitation of GreenME results.

Woman and dog walking in Park Bois de La Cambre, Sonian forest, Brussels, Belgium


Cost-effective nature therapy prescriptions are more widely used in the health care sector.
Stronger evidence base for the causal relationships between nature and health and well-being for more effective nature therapy prescriptions.
Sharper view of green space management, nature protection, agriculture and forestry sectors as care providers and their possible linkages with the healthcare, social and educationalsectors.
Greater citizen and policy-maker awareness of the positive benefits of nature for health and well- being & wider utilization by healthcare professionals and citizens of nature therapy as a form of preventive medicine.