The new research from Fields in Trust has recently been launched and it demonstrates that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits per year.
The report comes as we launch our new five-year strategy Green Spaces for Good – including a foreword from the charity’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who sets out the strategic focus on protecting, supporting and championing parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy.
The full research report, a summary and our new strategy document are all available to download:
- Click here to download the full report
- Click here to download the summary
- Click here to download the strategy
The new strategic approach is underpinned by research evidence; our report Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces aims to change perceptions by establishing a baseline for the value that parks and green spaces contribute to health and wellbeing rather than simply being judged by what they cost to maintain. The £34 billion of wellbeing benefits are a result of people enjoying greater life satisfaction including both improved physical and mental health, directly as a result of regularly using parks and green spaces.
Compiled using HM Treasury approved research methodology, Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces demonstrates National Health Service savings of at least £111 million per year. This figure is based solely on prevented GP visits and doesn’t include savings from non-referrals for treatment or prescriptions – meaning the actual savings to the taxpayer will be significantly higher.
Protecting Green Spaces for Good
Fields in Trust already permanently protects more than 2,700 parks and green spaces in the UK. As part of our new strategy Green Spaces for Good, we are committing ourselves to protect more green spaces, with the aim of 75% of the UK population being within a 10-minute walk of a protected park or green space by 2022.
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