Is it better to take a walk in nature or in an urban area?

Is it better to take a walk in nature than in an urban area? Two studies comparing walking in an urban setting with walking in a natural park setting. In both, the walk in nature produced benefits for mood and mental acuity while the urban walk did not. In the study the researchers investigated the impact of nature experience… Read more »

Er du også en rurbanie?

Har du kastet dig over hjemmedyrkede tomater og krydderurter på altanen? Elsker du at bo i byen men fantaserer om at holde høns? Plukker du ramsløg i byparken og nyder at fremtrylle en lækker ramsløgspesto til din pizza? Tager du familien med ud på landet i weekenderne for at høste æbler eller klappe den ko, som… Read more »

Houseplants can detox your home

Indoor climate has a great impact on human well-being, including comfort, productivity and health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is one of the top five risks to public health. We spend 80-90 percent of our time indoors and about 16 hours every day in our dwelling and therefor it is important… Read more »

Nye artikler på Videnskab.dk og i Sundhedsnetværket

  Jeg har for nylig udgivet artiklen Naturen kan fremme din kreativitet i Sundhedsnetværket. I artiklen skriver jeg bl.a.: Kreativitet er evnen til at få nye ideer, nye indsigter og se tingene på nye måder. Alle mennesker er kreative, men vi bruger vores kreativitet i forskellig grad og lader den komme til udtryk på forskellige måder…. Read more »

Nordea-fonden støtter et projekt der skal få den vilde natur på middagsbordet

René Redzepis non-profit organisation MAD starter sammen med stærke aktører til efteråret et folkeligt mad- og naturprojekt centreret om smag og bæredygtighed. Formålet er at give folkeskoleelever og resten af Danmark mulighed for at blive bedre til at kokkerere med naturens vilde råvarer igennem gratis undervisning. Med 8,5 millioner kroner fra Nordea-fonden får alle danskere… Read more »

Apps connects you with nature

Mobile apps are a natural part of our daily life and a lot of interesting new apps helps to connect you with nature in different ways. As I have writte about in previous posts research has shown that living near and regularly experiencing greenery has a strong positive effect on city dwellers’ mental health, creativity… Read more »

Traveling caravans let you work in the forest

What if your office was a traveling caravan that could make it possible for you to work in the middle of the forest or at another beautiful nature scenery? The Dutch company KantoorKaravaans are mobile micro-offices that let office workers do their day to day business in the middle of beautiful, national parks. As I have… Read more »

Why Creativity is Such an Essential Skill

Imagination is the source of all human achievement. (Sir Ken Robinson) Our society is now, more than ever dependent on our ability to be creative – the process of having original ideas that have value. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that creativity is the crucial 21st century skill that we will need to solve the challenges that… Read more »

Street art kunstnere får natur og by til at smelte sammen

Se hvad der kan opstå, når en street art kunstner møder byens natur. Alle billederne er fra artiklen: What Happens When Pieces of Street Art Cleverly Interact With Nature.

New Article – Nature Enhances our Creativity

My article ‘The impact of nature on creativity – A study among Danish creative professionals’ has now been published in the Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. You can access the article here. There is free access to the full version of the article until May 15, 2015. Here is the abstract: This article investigates the ability of natural… Read more »

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  • Worlds Best News

    Now the farmers in Vietnam get money by NOT cutting down the trees. The other morning I was on my way to work. At the metro station I was met by smiling people offering me breakfast and a newspaper with the title “Worlds Best News”. It was a campaign for the progress of the United… Read more »

  • When I Go to Cornwall, UK I Would Like to Visit…

    Something very interesting is happening in the Southern part of UK – here you find The Eden Project as well as Minack an outdoor theatre and magnificent garden. The Eden Project (photo by schrodingersduck) The largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe inspiring gardens, a rainforest and much more – take a… Read more »

  • Children are Much Less Outside in the Nature Than Their Parents were

    (Image by Trine [art arbre], Children bathing in the North Sea, July 2010.) Children only spend half as much time outside in the nature as their grandparents were when they were children and lot less than their parents. When grandfather was a boy 59% of his friends were outside in the nature every day. 42%… Read more »

  • The Rise of Urban Farming

    Grow fruits and vegetables in city towers? Advocates give a green thumbs up via The Rise of Urban Farming. And more about the benefits of urban farming at www.verticalfarm.com. Image by Adactio at Flickr.

  • From Chicago to Copenhagen Roofs are Going Green

    Imagine that you can relax or play in a garden – high above the street – with a great view over the city. In the past roof gardens was mostly for the few (and rich) however city planners have seen the many benefits of the roof gardens and new roof gardens are popping up a… Read more »

  • Magnolia

    Great Little Video; “What’s All About”

    Why connecting with nature is so rewarding is explained and showed very well in the little video by Margaret Roach at her blog A way to garden.com. I found out about the blog and the video via the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Take a look at the video here. [Photy by Muffet, Flickr]

  • Greenways in Copenhagen

    Biking is one of the most common way of getting from A to B here in Copenhagen. We love to bike and the municipality do a lot to support good, efficient and safe bike lanes. 55 % of the Copenhageners bike to/from work and education – and 33% of these bike more than 4 kilometres… Read more »

  • Redesign of Abandoned Urban Landscape

    New York has got a new park (opened 2009), the High Line, built on the top of an abandoned elevated train line. The line runs from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea up to Hell’s Kitchen. Internationally known Landscape Architect James Corner from JCFO has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a park of… Read more »

  • Urban Gardens

    As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape? In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees… Read more »

  • Books: Beautiful and Inspiring Reading

    I am about to discover that really many interesting books have been written about healing gardens and garden therapy. I have just finished reading two of them. Both of them written from the heart by authors who professionally work with healing gardens and both of them full of the most magnificent photos. The books are… Read more »

  • A Garden I Would Like to Visit

    There is a garden in the Northern part of Denmark – The Garden in Hune – that I very much would like to visit. The garden has been created by the artist Anne Just (ceramic artist and painter) and is a very personal and absolutely fascinating place. Take a look at the images and imagine… Read more »

  • Book: Healing Spaces

    I have just finished reading the book “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being” by Esther M. Sternberg, MD (published by Harvard University Press). It is a very interesting book. It shows how powerful places, sound & silence and visual aspects can be in moving people from illness to health. The complicated working relationship… Read more »

  • Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children

    A couple of days ago I took this online training “Nature-Based Learning and Play for Autistic and Special Needs Children” presented by: Naomi Sachs – www.NaomiSachsDesign.com & Tara Vincenta www.artemisLA.com. It was a great and very useful training. In Denmark the focus on the positive benefits of children experiencing the natural world has resulted in… Read more »

  • Bacsac

    Bringing Nature to Urban Spaces

    You don’t have to live near by a forest or have your own garden to get access to the positive benefits of nature. If you like me live in an urban environment with more buildings than trees and more cars than gardens you might still want to invite nature into your daily life. Take a… Read more »

  • Two new Healing Gardens in Copenhagen

    Using gardens as part of a healing process in quit new in Denmark. However it seems as it is about to change. Two new healing gardens are on their way in Copenhagen. A healing garden is “a garden in a healing setting designed to make people feel better” (Eckerling, 1996, link to article). The goal… Read more »

  • The Ultimate Green Area

    We have all experienced it – some places feel so nice and interesting that we want to stay there. We feel relaxed and happy – it is places that we want to return to. Other places just don’t have that “magic touch” and we don’t feel like staying there. What is this “magic touch” that… Read more »

  • An easy to read book about Garden Therapy

    This blog-post is mostly interesting for the Danish readers since the book that I will talk about is in Danish only. I have read the book “Haveterapi” by Signe Wenneberg and it is a quit interesting introduction to the field of garden therapy. The author has talked to 15 different people about what it means… Read more »

  • This is a Dream Come True

    Looking forward to telling you more about it…