Published: 23rd May 2019

Over 2.5 million people across Great Britain are more than ten minutes walk from a park or green space, according to new research from the charity Fields in Trust. The charity developed the Green Space Index which uses Ordnance Survey data to comprehensively analyse park and green space provision across Great Britain. The Green Space Index shows that although Britain has a total of 216,160 hectares of publicly accessible local parks and green spaces, less than 6% of this space is legally protected with Fields in Trust. With public sector cuts leading to pressure on parks and green spaces, the charity believes there is a risk that a lack of legal protection could lead to more being sold off or developed. The charity is highlighting the urgent need to secure and maintain the parks and green spaces we currently have and wants local government and landowners to take steps to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)