Dr Rachel Bragg

Visiting Fellow
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Rachel Bragg



Dr Rachel Bragg, Care Farming Development Manager at Social Farms & Gardens and Visiting Fellow, University of Essex. Dr Rachel Bragg spent 17 years as a researcher at the University of Essex and remains a Visiting Fellow in the Green Exercise Research Group, researching the relationship between nature, health and mental wellbeing. Rachel is considered an expert in evaluating nature based green care interventions, has been actively involved in the development of the UK care farming sector for over 15 years and is a passionate advocate of green care – ‘nature-based treatment interventions for people with a defined need’. In 2015, Rachel moved to Care Farming UK (now Social farms & Gardens), which supports care farms, city farms and community gardens all over the UK. Through the Growing Care Farming project, SF&G promotes care farming and provides supporting services to the 250 care farms in the UK.


  • PhD Environmental Sciences (PT) : Nature-based interventions for mental wellbeing and sustainable behaviour: The potential for green care in the UK University of Essex, (2014)

  • MEnv Masters in Environment, Science & Society University of Essex, (1998)

  • Bsc (Hons) Geography & Geology College of St Paul and St Mary (University of Bristol), (1990)


University of Essex

  • Visiting Fellow, School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex (30/9/2015 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Green Care

Green care - nature based interventions for a range of individuals with a defined need - commissioned referrals from health care, social care or special education

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Adekunle Ayodeji Dosumu
Adekunle Ayodeji Dosumu
Thesis title: The Environmental Impacts and Wellbeing Benefits of Sport: Assessing Spectator and Participant Dominated Sports in England
Degree subject: Environmental Sciences
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 14/4/2016


Journal articles (10)

Elsey, H., Bragg, R., Elings, M., Brennan, C., Farragher, T., Tubeuf, S., Gold, R., Shickle, D., Wickramasekera, N., Richardson, Z., Cade, J. and Murray, J., Impact and cost-effectiveness of care farms on health and well-being of offenders on probation: a pilot study. Public Health Research. 6 (3), 1-190

Rogerson, M., Colbeck, I., Bragg, R., Dosumu, A. and Griffin, M., (2020). Affective Outcomes of Group versus Lone Green Exercise Participation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17 (2), 624-624

Hughes, J., Rogerson, M., Barton, J. and Bragg, R., (2019). Age and connection to nature: when is engagement critical?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 17 (5), 265-269

Richardson, M., Hunt, A., Hinds, J., Bragg, R., Fido, D., Petronzi, D., Barbett, L., Clitherow, T. and White, M., (2019). A Measure of Nature Connectedness for Children and Adults: Validation, Performance, and Insights. Sustainability. 11 (12), 3250-3250

Murray, J., Wickramasekera, N., Elings, M., Bragg, R., Brennan, C., Richardson, Z., Wright, J., Llorente, MG., Cade, J., Shickle, D., Tubeuf, S. and Elsey, H., (2019). The impact of care farms on quality of life, depression and anxiety among different population groups: A systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. 15 (4)

Elsey, H., Farragher, T., Tubeuf, S., Bragg, R., Elings, M., Brennan, C., Gold, R., Shickle, D., Wickramasekera, N., Richardson, Z., Cade, J. and Murray, J., (2018). Assessing the impact of care farms on quality of life and offending: a pilot study among probation service users in England. BMJ Open. 8 (3), e019296-e019296

Dosumu, A., Colbeck, I. and Bragg, R., (2017). Greenhouse gas emissions as a result of spectators travelling to football in England. Scientific Reports. 7 (1), 6986-

Pretty, J., Barton, J., Pervez Bharucha, Z., Bragg, R., Pencheon, D., Wood, C. and Depledge, MH., (2016). Improving health and well-being independently of GDP: Dividends of greener and prosocial economies. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 26 (1), 11-36

Barton, J., Bragg, R., Pretty, J., Roberts, J. and Wood, C., (2016). The Wilderness Expedition. Journal of Experiential Education. 39 (1), 59-72

Elsey, H., Bragg, R., Elings, M., Cade, JE., Brennan, C., Farragher, T., Tubeuf, S., Gold, R., Shickle, D., Wickramasekera, N., Richardson, Z. and Murray, J., (2014). Understanding the impacts of care farms on health and well-being of disadvantaged populations: A protocol of the Evaluating Community Orders (ECO) pilot study. BMJ Open. 4 (10), e006536-

Book chapters (1)

Sempik, J. and Bragg, R., (2013). Green care: Origins and activities. In: Green Care: For Human Therapy, Social innovation, Rural Economy, and Education. 11- 31. 9781624174797



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