Published: 28th Mar 2019

The wellbeing of city residents would be significantly improved if there was more funding into green spaces, according to researchers from the University of Sheffield. The £1.3m university project worked with planners, health professionals and community volunteers, and created a mobile phone app to evaluate how the quality and quantity of urban green space in Sheffield impacts on the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents. They found that poorer quality green spaces are stressful and intimidating, while health levels are worse in areas where the quality of green space is poor. Researchers are calling on policymakers to invest in new and existing green spaces so they meet the diverse needs of urban populations and everyone can access their benefits. They add that access to green spaces; quality of facilities – including toilets and cafes; frequency of maintenance; employment of staff and support for groups running organised activities are all … (To read the full article, subscribe below)