Outcomes, Monitoring & Evaluation

MONITORING & EVALUATION

In order to use the outcomes of the project to stimulate further urban green developments and tree planting we will create a structured user-friendly model of assessing urban tree planting projects involving a range of stakeholders. This will be supported by research and development work undertaken by City Farms and Gardens, specifically from their event, Measuring outcomes: Tools for evaluating health and wellbeing outcomes for community growing programmes, from March 2016.

 

OUTCOMES

The following, lists the outcomes we hope to help deliver as part of our project:

Strategic Outcomes

  • Support Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s 5-year plan, aiming to promote a wider system of out-of-hospital care delivered in community and primary care settings.

  • Support Incredible AquaGarden’s 2 year plan to create a green route between health centres and Calderdale Royal Hospital. The role of preventative projects such as these is to foster a culture of self-reliance in in order to cut down serious health issues, reduce isolation, stress and anxiety.

  • Achieve 4 of 5 Sustainable Development Outcomes outlined in Calderdale Council’s, Economy and Enterprise Strategy 2010-2020: stimulation of urban regeneration; controlling pollution, flood risk and air pollution; Protection and creation of open space and sites of nature conservation value; Provision of needed facilities in accessible locations.

  • Support Food for Life’s work to transform food culture in the NHS and deliver a ‘whole setting approach’ to changing food systems and behaviours.

  • Support Community Forest Trust‘s, development, creation and promotion of green infrastructure and urban tree planting programmes.

Hospital Outcomes

  • Provide colourful, scented and textured planting within the hospital setting, improving the hospital grounds;

  • Support the long-term health of the trees, reducing up-keep;

  • Utilise planting that can reduce smoking pollutants in the hospital grounds;

  • Utilise planting that can improve air quality for patient recovery;

  • Promoting well-being through a connection to nature and tree planting;

  • Reducing stress-related illness for hospital staff by encouraging them to utilise outdoor recreation space;

  • Forum to engage department and to inform collaborative work within the hospital;

  • Provide stronger links between the hospital and local communities.

 

Wider Outcomes

  • Model of Urban Forestry and Food Forests;

  • Model for evaluating Urban Forestry projects involving stakeholder engagement, participation & awareness raising;

  • Promotion and education around fungi and companion planting to support trees within the urban environment;

  • Promotion of nature for well-being, helping people to understand how green spaces and trees can reduce stress and enhance quality of life;

  • Engagement in food growing and the benefits of healthy living/environments for improved well-being in diverse settings (such as the hospital setting);

  • Increasing collaborative partnerships between Calderdale businesses promoting food sovereignty, environmental sustainability, health and well-being (such as Rooting and Fruiting, Food for Life and IETea)

  • Connecting schools and health settings, improving their ability and confidence in accessing health and well-being services;

  • Support and development of a micro-enterprises in Calderdale;

  • Widening Community Forest Trusts remit within the North West and strengthening their urban tree planting practices;

  • Supporting Health and Well-being Research.

     

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