The connection between humans and nature is widely known to promote health and wellbeing. Take for example, how you feel after walking through a beautiful landscape, or laying down in a park and watching the wind rustle the leaves of the trees above. But have you ever considered as to why nature boosts your mental clarity?
There is a myriad of studies and literature on the therapeutic role that nature plays in our health and wellbeing with a particular focus to psychology and philosophy, but both address the topic differently.
Psychology is focused on stress reduction and argues that being in a non-threatening natural environment reduces the physical indicators connected with stress. Philosophy on the other hand is a little more complicated and argues that humans are embedded in, and determined by place, with our preference for a restorative environment significantly boosting our quality of life.
In short, communities with a connection to nature are healthier and happier places, as this connection can produce an increase in community belonging and pride, and overall well being.
One of the key drivers for New Epping is to create a place that responds to the growing population of the northern corridor of Melbourne by embedding wellness in our seven-hectare health and wellbeing precinct, and connecting to the project’s open space network.
With New Epping to be home to a private hospital, it was important to consider the therapeutic role nature plays in the health and recovery of patients, but also the power to soothe and ground residents, and visitors alike.
Additionally, New Epping will feature extensive walking tracks and a movement network with connections to Edgar’s Creek. Residents will thrive in the ability to walk, jog or cycle for wellness and recreation.
The sense of place will also be celebrated with the development opening up the former industrial site to create an exciting hub for the wider community to share in, encouraging families and friends to gather.
With the Northern Growth Corridor population expected to grow by 228,000 people between 2016 and 2031, our masterplan ensures easy access for the community.
Adjoining paths for walking and cycling will link to New Epping and its internal movement network – creating a connected place to both live and visit.
Our goal is simple. To ensure that New Epping is fully equipped to meet the needs of its resident’s wellbeing – a place to live, learn, work and play.