Do We Need Nature?

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • 14 to 19-year-olds
  • Speech-to-text
  • British Sign Language
  • Audio described
Photograph of a tablet standing on a wooden stool. On the tablet screen is a photographic portrait of Jamie Hale, wearing glasses, a grey sweater with a pink collar showing. Also, on the screen are video call icons "People", "Chat" and a red telephone icon. There are green decorative palm leaves displayed in the background behind the tablet which is next to a colourful folded blanket and the edge of a blue sofa with a yellow cushion.
Do we need nature?, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait: Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join artist Jamie Hale and author Lucy Jones in a creative workshop about the relationship between nature and the mind. 

The workshop will start with a conversation about Lucy’s investigations into the scientific evidence base for nature and health. She and Jamie will discuss themes such as the effect of nature on the brain, microorganisms in the soil and their relationship to our minds, and opportunities for people to spend time in restorative natural environments. 

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A where you can ask them questions about the ideas raised. Then you’ll have the opportunity to share your own experiences of nature and take part in a creative activity. Using nature poetry, you'll explore how we talk about the natural world, and how changing our relationship with it might affect the way we feel.

This is a relaxed event. Cameras can be on or off as needed. You can move around and make noise at any time. If you need to dip in and out of the session, you can. There will be multiple ways to communicate, ask questions and participate (such as using the chat function if you do not want to use your voice).  

If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.  

This workshop is for 14 to 19 year-olds. It is limited to 16 places and booking is essential. You will be given joining instructions for Zoom in your confirmation email. 



Need to know

Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.


This event will have live automated speech-to-text transcription which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to, which may be useful for blind, partially sighted and neurodiverse attendees. There will not be a separate audio description track.

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About your contributors

Photograph of a white person with short brown hair and a short beard. They are wearing glasses and a checked blue shirt.

Jamie Hale


Jamie is an artist, curator, and founder and artistic director of disability arts organisation CRIPtic Arts. They create poetry, comedy, scriptwriting and drama for page, stage and screen, and are currently directing a showcase at the Barbican Centre for autumn 2021 and a disability arts documentary. They have written for Wellcome Collection and the Guardian newspaper and have performed at venues including the Southbank Centre. Their poetry pamphlet, ‘Shield’, was published in January 2021.

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Lucy Jones


Lucy Jones is a writer and journalist based in Hampshire, England. Her writing on culture, science and nature has been published in BBC Earth, BBC Wildlife, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman. Her first book, ‘Foxes Unearthed’, was celebrated for its “brave, bold and honest” (Chris Packham) account of our relationship with the fox, winning the Society of Authors Roger Deakin Award 2015. Her second book, ‘Losing Eden’, is an exploration of the natural world and human mental health and wellbeing. It was a Times bestseller and longlisted for the Wainwright Prize.

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Young People's Forum


Young people from Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Young People’s Forum were advisors and co-creators on this project, helping design the content and activity.