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16th February 2016 - Nature enhances lives: ‘cultural services’ explained

The Benefits of Nature - How Nature Enhances our Lives - Cultural Services Explained


What does nature mean to you? People talk about ‘cultural services’ – how our natural environment enhances and enriches our lives. Our farms, woods, rivers and gardens all play a critical role in our lives, health and wellbeing, whether we know it or not. In this film, people who work with nature describe how everyone from different backgrounds benefit from their interaction with the great outdoors.


This film is part of a series of four films, produced by the University of Reading in association with the Loddon Catchment Partnership, to explain the terms Natural Capital and ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating and cultural services).   Examples are given through the stories told by people who work with nature across a range of sectors from farming to conservation charities, government organisations, universities and businesses like water companies, consultants, fisheries contractors and children's education providers.

Sarah Giles, National Trust

Natalie Ganpatsingh, Nature Nurture

Teresea Verney-Brooks, Nature Nurture

Amanda Ingham, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Karen Haysom, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Martin Moore, Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative

Simon Porter, Penn Croft Farm


For more information about the films, please contact Joanna Clark, University of Reading.

Films were made with funding from a Natural Environment Research Council Impact Accelerator Award (NE/L012839/1).

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