Even before the pandemic, research was ongoing about nature and wellbeing, but the pandemic seemed to justify all that research even more. Thankfully many well received organisations are now appreciating the value of nature and its connection with wellbeing, and no longer is it just a tick box exercise.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is now looking at "Our relationship with nature – how much we notice, think about and appreciate our natural surroundings – is critical in supporting good mental health and preventing distress. ... Nature is an important need for many and vital in keeping us emotionally, psychologically and physically healthy."
They have even written a report to provide a summary of the evidence of how and why our relationship with nature is so important and beneficial to our mental health.
In 2021, in the midst of the pandemic MHF wrote a significant report about how connecting with nature benefits our mental health. It was written for Mental Health Awareness week 2021.
Even earlier though they had put together a document to help people make the most of the UK's natural spaces for our mental health and wellbeing.