Whilst visiting New York last week I took a trip to the High Line. The High Line is a public park in Manhattan, developed from a disused railway originally constructed in the 1930s to lift freight trains off the streets. With freight on the line coming to an end in 1980, it is has since been transformed into a well designed urban oasis and acts as an inspiration for all of us concerned with creating and preserving green spaces, at a time when they are increasingly under threat. Many working in the environmental regeneration field have long recognised the benefits of green spaces for improving well-being and quality of life. This evidence base has further been strengthened by the recently launched findings of the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA). This highlights in particular the economic benefits of the UK’s parks, lakes, forests and wildlife. For example, the health benefits of just … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Nicola Steuer is programme director at the New Economics Foundation.
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