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Favorite Places in Nature - Project Information Sheet


Your Favorite Place in Nature

Project Information Sheet for Participants

We would like to invite you to participate in our mapping project as part of our art exhibition “Thrive! Healthy People-Healthy Planet”.  The project aims to find out more about your favorite place in nature and how this place affects you from a wellbeing and environmental sustainability perspective. This information sheet provides you with all the important information about the project and what your participation would involve. Please take the time to read the following information and if you have any questions, please do get in touch with us. You can find our contact details at the bottom of this document. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

What will participating in the project involve?

We would like to invite you to complete an online survey about your favorite place in nature. The survey contains fourteen questions and should take approximately 5-7 min to complete. The first question asks you to place a pin on a map to identify your favorite place in nature and we would then like you to name the place. The remainder of the questionnaire contains multiple choice, open-ended and Likert-scale questions about your favorite place in nature and your care for nature. At the end, we would like you to answer questions about your home setting, gender, and age. As the location of your favorite place in nature will be publicly shown in an ArcGIS StoryMap on our website immediately after you submit your responses, please do not identify non-public locations, such as your garden.

Who is eligible to participate in this survey?

All adults (aged 18 or over) who visit either the physical or online exhibition “Thrive! Healthy People-Healthy Planet”.
All responses by participants below the age of 18 years will be removed from the dataset.

Do I have to take part?

No, participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any point by exiting the survey before you submit, without providing any reason for why you no longer want your responses to be included, and there will be no adverse consequences if you choose to withdraw. As this survey is anonymise, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses from the study after you click on 'Submit' at the end of the survey.

What is the purpose of the research?

Our overall aim is to engage with viewers of our art exhibition  “Thrive! Healthy People-Healthy Planet” to find out how they perceive the connection of their health to the health of nature.

We have three objectives:

  1. Quantify the physical elements of the landscape that contribute to favorite places in nature.
  2. Explore how favorite places in nature contribute to perceptions of personal health.
  3. Assess to what extent favorite places inspire pro-environmental behaviors.

Will my participation be confidential?

The survey is anonymous and does not ask you to provide any personal or identifying details about yourself or anyone else. If you include personal details in text boxes, then the relevant data will be redacted, or responses deleted (either during data collection, or after dataset download) – any personal or identifying details inadvertently collected will be similarly deleted. Locations which are judged to be non-public by researchers will be deleted alongside linked question responses. The final dataset will therefore be anonymous and will be stored securely at the James Hutton Institute.

What will happen to the information I provide?

You will be asked to provide information in the form of text responses (four questions), multiple choice options (three questions), a location on a map (one question) and demographic details (three questions). If you select 'Find my location' on the map, and the survey website has access to your location (a prompt to allow this will appear in your browser), the survey will record the location which is identified unless the location is changed or deleted. Locations judged by researchers to be non-public, and linked question responses, will be deleted and not included in the final dataset.

Anonymisation and publication of your responses

Your responses will be downloaded, stored securely at the James Hutton Institute, and cleaned to anonymise (as necessary) at the end of the project. We will write about the procedure followed, but this would not be reproducible, because once done, it cannot be re-done. The final, fully anonymised dataset (including location data and questionnaire responses but containing no personal or identifying data about participants) will be uploaded to an open science platform (e.g. Zenodo, This dataset will also be stored at the James Hutton Institute for 10 years before deletion.

Data, analysis and results may be published in reports, publications, presentations, web pages, datasets, articles and other research outputs. Your words provided in text responses may also be quoted in these outputs, but it will not be possible to identify you from the outputs.

Data storage

The use of Esri ArcGIS Survey123 survey software means that research data will be transferred to, and stored at a data center in the USA, as part of the James Hutton Institute’s ArcGIS Online service. Although no survey question specifically asks you to provide personal or identifying details, we will review responses to text box questions and any identifiable data will be removed whenever possible, and any data transfer will be done securely and with a similar level of data protection as required under UK law and US law.

The James Hutton Institute (“us”, “we”) is the data controller for any personal or identifying information collected or otherwise processed for the purposes of this study. We will process this information in conformity with UK data protection legislation. Our main privacy notice explains in more detail how we process personal data as well as your rights under data protection legislation. If you have any queries about your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer on

What are the benefits of taking part?

There will be no direct or personal benefit to you from taking part in this research. However, the research could support learning and reflection about how nature affects health and wellbeing and could help to inform better policies around promoting the health of people and the planet. 

Personal Risks

There are no risks to taking part.

Ethical Review

The project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Committee of the James Hutton Institute.

Who is funding the project?

Nova Institute for Health, Baltimore MD, USA

Who is doing the research?

This project is being undertaken as part of the Thrive! Health People-Healthy Planet art exhibition. The project is led by Sara Warber, MD, from the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine and Katherine Irvine, PhD, within the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) Department at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. 

For further project details, please contact:

Sara Warber, MD:
Katherine Irvine, PhD: 

Thank you very much for reading this and we hope that you are happy to tell us about your favorite place in nature in our online survey.




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