Linda Geddes writes in the New Scientist, 'In Shetland, doctors are handing out some unconventional prescriptions. Along with regular therapies, people with a range of physical and mental ills are being told to take in the sounds and smells of seabird colonies, build woodland dens or simply appreciate the shapes of clouds. A similar scheme in New Zealand found that, six to eight months after receiving a 'green prescription', two-thirds of patients were more active and felt healthier, and almost half had lost weight. Meanwhile, so called eco-therapy which involves participating in outdoor activities such as gardening or conservation, is emerging as a promising treatment for mild to moderate depression.'
At least, take a look at a blog devoted to Shetland Sky and the photography of Richard Ashbee.
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