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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Greenspaces Improve Wellbeing

To many of the regular visitors to the parks and public green spaces in the UK the results of a recent study will not be much of a surprise as researchers from the University of Exeter say that parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there.

The research used data collected from over 5,000 British households over the past seventeen years, which confirmed that living in a greener area with more open space had a significant positive effect, compared to those living in more densely built up areas with limited green space.

The results may be used to assist urban planners in which case they may well have an impact on society at large. The study, which has been published in the journal Psychological Science examined data from a national survey that followed more than 5,000 households containing over 10,000 adults from 1991 to 2008 as they moved house around the country. The participants were asked to comment on their own psychological health over the period to allow researchers to assess the "green space effect".

Hopefully this research really will be used by planners and developers to include more green space and bigger gardens on new housing estates, perhaps we may start to see an end to rabbit hutch estates with limited space. Perhaps... but unless the powers that be in whitehall take note and insist on changes then maybe change will not be so forthcoming. However lets remain optimistic!

DG

1 comment:

  1. Well it does seem to be stating the obvious. Like you I do hope that the planners listen to studies like this.

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