Nature, Health & Design Laboratory: Arboretum

The Arboretum is a full-scale out-of-doors HDLA [health design in landscape architecture] laboratory, consisting of three projects:

  • Nacadia® therapy garden, where individuals suffering from stress related illnesses are offered nature-based therapy
  • Octovia® health forest, where visitors are offered mentally restorative nature experiences which promote good mental health
  • Move Green, where people with mobility disabilities and others are offered nature-based experiences and activities that promote mental, physical and social health

All three are designed according to the process model for evidence-based health design in landscape architecture [EBHDL].

It is an example of a salutogenic approach, which relates to the circumstances that help to maintain or promote the individual’s good health and functioning in society, despite, for example, a disability or diagnosis. This implies when designing for vulnerable target groups, where the target groups’ capabilities, strengths and resources must be considered.

Promoting people’s health goes beyond the health sector and includes landscape architects, who are essential to the implementation of SDG 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and to SDG 11.7 emphasizing that vulnerable groups, must have access to green and public spaces.

July 6 2023, 14:30 - 19:30


Bella Center


Bus and Walk


Bella Center



*made possible by BEVICA



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Come well charged and well-equipped: Bring your own water bottle.

Dress for the summer weather of the North which can shift between sun and rain, and for walking in a green setting.

Transfer to the destination will be by tour bus.

On site it is a natural setting with some uneven natural paths of dirt and grass.

If it is wet the paths can be muddy. Decent walking shoes are recommended.

Wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated in part, but may not be able to access all areas of the site. Service animals are welcome.

It is a natural setting with flora and fauna of a garden environment.

Air quality may be impacted by pollen season: i.e. grass pollen.

Enjoy the long summer days and short summer nights.
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