Green space – how much is enough, and what’s the best way to deliver it?

There is already substantive evidence showing that green space is good for us, having a range of mental and physical health outcomes in addition to community social benefits. With half of the world’s population now living in urban areas pressures on green space availability is increasing, with many urban green environments being active degradation or removed.

A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report carried out a systematic review of the published evidence-based benefits on green-spaces, signalling a need to think beyond the traditional urban park when considering how to meet the demand for green space among growing urban populations.

Given the worrying trends and pressures in mental ill-health, obesity, social isolation, health inequalities and environmental degradation globally – there is an urgent need to re-think the value, role and design of our urban green spaces.

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