Green spaces prove economically valuable

A new study conducted by the Land Trust has found that for every pound spent on maintaining green spaces, a comparable £30 is contributed towards health and well-being benefits.

The report, entitled ‘The Value of Green Space’, also suggests that for every pound invested in parks and nature reserves, £23 is contributed towards community safety.

Furthermore, 90 per cent of those surveyed felt that visiting Land Trust’s spaces plays a positive part in their happiness and well-being. Visitors to these green spaces also tend to have higher levels of well-being and lower levels of anxiety compared to the national averages.

Euan Hall, CEO of the Land Trust, said: “We have always known that well managed green spaces provide significant benefits for society, but the results of this study are really encouraging and they reinforce the importance of our work in sustainably managing our green spaces.

“Seeing the survey results quantified so starkly in this context is fantastic. This is a major step forward for us and reaffirms the opportunities we have for providing even more benefits to society.”