Surrey Hills Symposium 2019

A Surrey Hills Symposium took place on Wednesday 27 November in partnership with the University of Surrey. The theme for 2019 was Our Natural Health Service.

Research has proven that green spaces can contribute to the prevention and treatment of physical and mental health conditions. From active pursuits to forest schools, the outdoors plays a big part in keeping minds and bodies healthy. From improving memory and fighting depression to lowering blood pressure – the outdoors is our Natural Health Service.

Speaker Presentations:

Dr William Bird, MBE, GP and CEO of Intelligent Health

Click here to download How can nature improve our health and wellbeing presentation



Dr Birgitta Gatersleben, University of Surrey

Click here to download the Into the Wild – Restoring young minds in the Surrey Hills presentation

Additional research was undertaken by Genevieve Lebus on behalf of the Surrey Hills AONB. This report is ‘unpublished’ but available to view here: Click to download full report.or short version

Professor Caroline Scarles, University of Surrey

Click here to download the Living Environments for Healthy Ageing presentation



An artist visualisation of the main themes from the 2019 Surrey Hills Symposium by Veronica Wood sponsored by the Rutland Group

A selection of images from the event:

With thanks to those organisations who exhibited during the evening:

Guildford Walking for Health

The Saltbox

Sayers Croft Trust

The Leatherhead Youth Project

The Forest Bathing Institute

Fiona Ross – complementary health professional

Run Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills Society

Surrey Hills Trust Fund

The Community Foundation for Surrey

Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development

Surrey Hills Challenge

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Cycling UK

Dose of Nature

Patchworking Garden Project

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With thanks to our sponsors:

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