Visits to city parks and green spaces in England were up by 25% in 2016 compared to 2010, according to new research published by Natural England. The report brings together findings from their annual ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) public survey, which explores how people living in urban areas engage with the natural environment and visit urban greenspaces. The report also found that more people are visiting the natural environment within towns and cities across England than ever before with an estimated 879 million visits to parks in towns and cities in 2015/16. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan aims to connect more people with the environment by creating more green infrastructure in towns and cities, helping people improve their health and wellbeing by using green spaces and encouraging children to be close to nature, with a particular focus on disadvantaged areas. Principle specialist for people and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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