Wildflower meadows brighten-up London's parks and people.

Incidents of depression and poor mental health can affect anyone at any time, but there is a recognised situation called nature deficiency disorder, which is more common in cities than rural areas.

This is where people with no or little access to gardens, public parks or green spaces may be at greater risk than those able to get outdoors and connect with nature.

Sound artists have long been fascinated by the links between people and nature. This video features a sound installation in Epping Forest, created for the 2019 London National Park City Festival. Sensors created music based on weather conditions and the soothing result was played out through hidden speakers.

Biophilia is defined as the innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. There are clear health links but research has not yet been able to fully reproduce the effect of simply being outdoors.

So for anyone who is housebound, the closest you can come to reproducing the effects of a walk through woodlands or a stroll by a river is to surround yourself with house plants and recordings of natural sounds.

London's parks and green spaces are invaluable for public health and wellbeing, and we need more natural spaces to meet demand; especially as development becomes ever more dense.

Search our #BigGreenLondonMap for your nearest park, or try listening to these recordings from Borneo, set up by researchers at University College London as part of a study into the changing soundscape of jungles.

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