Dose of Nature

  • Dose of Nature delivers nature prescriptions for people struggling with a wide range of mental health difficulties.

  • Founded in 2019 by Dr Alison Greenwood, a counselling psychologist, their work is rooted in a wealth of scientific evidence that demonstrates the physiological and psychological benefits of spending time in nature.

  • DoN delivers 8 week nature prescriptions to people dealing with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD and long Covid.
  • Their model uses education, first-hand experience and practical and motivational support to encourage young people to move away from their screens, connect with nature and make lifestyle changes that will have a lasting impact on their mental wellbeing.

  • With no waiting lists, high engagement rates and impressive outcome measures, their programme has been well received by GPs and young people.

  • Programmes are delivered by chartered psychologists and a network of trained and dedicated volunteers.

  • Referrals come from 150 GPs across 70 GP practices in the London boroughs of Richmond and Kingston and in Guildford. 

  • DoN is working with Integrated Care Boards and local councils to try and secure statutory funding.

  • DoN is collaborating with LSE on a year-long RCT (randomised control trial) to investigate the efficacy of their programme and is committed to building the case for nature interventions to be included in NICE guidelines as an alternative to medication and traditional psychological interventions.

  • DoN is chaired by Sir Mark Rowley, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police since 2022, whose interest in mental health arises from recognising how much police work is the tragic result of the failure of the state to provide support to people facing serious mental health challenges often leading to a sadly preventable crisis requiring police involvement.

  • Chimo has funded the appointment of a new psychologist. This will allow DoN to increase the number of young people it supports annually from 60 to 150.


It really has changed my life and saved my life in so many ways. I will be thankful for that for the rest of it.