Doctors have called for more action to address climate change to reduce strain on the NHS and enhance public health.

A Woodland Trust survey revealed that 96 per cent of doctors want the Government to tackle health issues arising from climate change and extreme weather conditions.

Seventy percent of the doctors believe that spending time in nature should be prescribed as a measure in ensuring the health of future generations and 77 per cent believe more trees could help reduce the financial burden on the NHS.

Chief executive of the Woodland Trust, Dr Darren Moorcroft, said: "This powerful research, from trusted medical professionals, shows the need to prioritise the environment to reduce the burden on the NHS and save lives.

"Policymakers must take heed of these results."

Additionally, Trish Goodwin, link worker for Bolton GP Federation, emphasised that green projects are essential in improving both physical and mental health.

The introduction of initiatives such as doubling urban tree cover could decrease city temperatures by up to six degrees, potentially averting severe health issues and even saving lives.

The Woodland Trust has encouraged the public to support its campaign for more trees and greener environments.