The importance of urban green spaces

These recent publications and articles highlight the importance of urban green spaces for health, social and environmental benefits.

  • Vivid Economics estimate the value of benefits created by London’s urban parks to be £5 billion per year, with every £1 invested in parks resulting in benefits of £27.
  • MHCLG’s Draft National Planning Policy Framework links green infrastructure to health and a better quality of life
  • The London Plan highlights the importance of green infrastructure for mental and physical health and wellbeing; adapting to the impacts of climate change; improving air and water quality; encouraging walking and cycling; and conserving and enhancing biodiversity and ecological resilience alongside more traditional functions of green space such as play, sport and recreation.
  • Defra’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment highlights the importance of green infrastructure for connecting people with the environment to
    improve health and wellbeing.
  • As reported by BBC News, councils are finding it difficult to  allocate sufficient funding for urban green spaces.

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