This poster details original research and practice work which: informs planning and design decisions; empowers, values and understands hidden voices; and supports change more likely than otherwise to result in environments which are conducive to good psychological health, are person friendly and experientially rich. Too often environmental knowledge generated in an academic context finds little translation into practical purpose. Likewise we see how in the planning and design professions, understanding of people-environment relations revealed by daily practice remains underutilised in research. It is this impediment in knowledge transfer regarding the environments that we research, discuss, design and inhabit, that this poster seeks to address. Through the example of recent work undertaken by Experiential Landscape, this poster achieves this by integrating the three strands of theory, process and practice. The cumulative product of this is the creation of socially restorative environments which emphasise the delivery of fulfilled lives in processes of environmental improvement. A socially restorative environment is a new concept which integrates people, their interactions and environmental settings collectively forming a basis for change in the physical environment and in social structures. The second strand utilises this theory to develop a process with the capability to reveal individual interests and shared concerns, increasing social capital in the form of self worth, self-esteem and social cohesion. This seven-stage process of inclusion provides a means by which we, as academics and professionals, can now understand issues often hidden from planning and design processes. In achieving this we recognise the value of social networks and the roles of individuals within them. The process unlocks the capability that such networks have for influencing change in the environment, responding to the way that urban settings form around the daily rhythm of social association. The process builds socially restorative environments by revealing and interpreting present experiences and aspirations in people’s ordinary daily life-patterns and how these have the potential to influence environmental improvement. The third strand of our work deals with the application of this theory and process into practice. Central to this is a commitment to valuing and understanding the experiences of people in their everyday environment. It is the underestimation and ignorance as to the worth of these, which leave all of us (but particularly already vulnerable communities) at our most fragile and unable to adapt to change. Our practice example, working with the disabled community in Sheffield, UK, shows how successful the entwining of these three keys strands can be.