The research has shown that the project has had a positive impact on the wellbeing of participants, has facilitated social inclusion, has improved visitor access to and connection with nature, and has increased understanding of farming and food production, all of which are likely to contribute to healthier lifestyles. These outcomes also support Government calls to connect people with the natural environment and food production, to engage in nature and outside learning, to improve health and promote wellbeing.
LEAF and the Sensory Trust commissioned the University of Essex to provide an independent academic evaluation of the extent to which the Let Nature Feed Your Senses project achieved the first three of its six outcomes. The report is available to download here.
Since the end of last year we have been reviewing the mass of evaluation and feedback we have received over the past four and a half years. As a result of this deeper level of investigation we have produced these evidence reports that bring together our learning for some of our visitors: