Painting The City Green…
The National Trust has released a report that they commissioned showing a huge surge in the use of green spaces during coronavirus, the report has also revealed an inequality of access to nature in many neighbourhoods, towns and cities.
There has been a huge surge in people’s use of green spaces during coronavirus and our research has revealed an inequality of access to nature in many neighbourhoods, towns and cities
As cities and towns thrive, in recent years it has become apparent that urban greenspace and nature has a proven positive impact on our physical health and wellbeing, offering space to exercise, relax and contribute to tackling climate change.
Research published on Sunday 5 July by Vivid Economics has created a significant economic case for a significant investment across the UK to introduce green spaces to the country’s greyest urban communities over the next five years. It would bring £200 billion in physical and mental health benefits easing some of the strain on local health services by helping to improve peoples quality of lives. Local economies would also see widespread job creation.
Coronavirus has exposed deep inequalities in access to green space. Nationally there are 295 deprived neighbourhoods of 440,000 people that are grey deserts, with no trees or accessible green space. The study found that Black and Asian people visit natural settings 60 per cent less than white people. And in the poorest 20 per cent of households, 46 per cent don’t have a car, so urban parks and green spaces are their only opportunity to have contact with nature. Typically, rural beauty spots are beyond reach for them.
Here are the three steps needed to reintroduce green spaces:
- Turning an under-used side road into a local street park and ‘edible walkway
- New green boulevards and public squares to bring people back to high streets and city centres
- Green, traffic-free routes from Manchester city centre to out to wilder countryside sites
- A new regional park for the West Midlands covering more than seven towns and cities, and creating hundreds of miles of green space, conservation areas and new cycle routes
You can find out more about this report by clicking here
Here is a link to some of the landscapes that we have transformed.
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