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.