Lack of green space for many
A study has found that millions of people in the UK have no access to green spaces.
The study by Fields in Trust suggests that more than 2.5 million people live more than 10 minutes away from the nearest park or green space.
The report calculates that each person has an average of less than half of a six-yard-box on a football pitch.
Green Spaces and Mental Health
There are many research reports and studies that provide a link between mental health and green spaces.
Alison McCann, Field in Trust policy and insight manager, says, “In Great Britain, there is no statutory protection for green spaces … we protect about 6% … so we are calling for the Green Space Index to be used as an early warning system as we should be doing more to protect what we have got because of the multiple benefits they bring.”
£2.2billion in health benefits per year
Many studies show that there are benefits to health and wellbeing from outdoor exercise in green spaces.
Researchers calculated this at £2.2billion, with people taking 30 minutes of ‘green exercise’ each week.
Melanie Lidstone-Land, mental health lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors comments,
“Mental Health and wellbeing are big touch points in the news. It’s wonderful to have more coverage and people having more conversations, which in turn is raising awareness.
Exercise and nature are hugely linked to positive mental health and are essential to our wellbeing. It is worrying to read that millions of people are missing out on the opportunity to benefit. We all have times when we struggle with our mental health, getting outside to green spaces can really help change your mindset. Doing so regularly creates a habit which can transform your mental health long term.”
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