Vanishing Australian backyards leave us vulnerable to stress

The traditional Australian suburban backyard is being lost to higher-density housing and massive project homes on small lots. But this loss could be increasing the risks of physical and mental health problems among city residents. Private and secure backyards are places where people can retreat from the relentless pressures and intensity of city life. This sort of open space may provide the essential nurturing environment city dwellers need to cope mentally and physically with the stresses of their lives. Research also confirms that play-oriented green spaces benefit children’s mental and physical development. Reducing open green space is also known to increase urban temperatures, with major physical health consequences. To learn more about the benefits of a large leafy backyard visit: