Published: 31st Oct 2019

The use and quality of green spaces are key factors that influence physical activity, social contacts, and emotional well-being of individuals, according to two studies published in Environment International. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) conducted a survey on a thousand people aged 18-75 in four European cities, Barcelona, Stoke-on-Trent, Doetinchem in the Netherlands and Kaunas in Lithuania. The individuals were asked how frequently they visit their local green space, the distance of it from their home, the kinds of activities they engage in and how they feel when they are using the space. It found that when residents were happy with their local green spaces, they were more likely to engage in social contact with neighbours and feel happier in the process. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, leader of the study and coordinator of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal said: ‘Our research shows that perceived … (To read the full article, subscribe below)