Ben Wheeler has worked with Mike Depledge and colleagues from around Europe to co-author an important new report, for World Health Organisation (Europe), on the beneficial effects of urban green space for health.
The report can be downloaded here.
The comprehensive report summarises the existing evidence of linkages (both positive and negative) between urban green spaces and health, the mechanisms leading to health benefit, and the characteristics of urban green spaces that are associated with health outcomes.The authors also identified and evaluated different measures and indicators of green space availability, accessibility and use as used in previous surveys. Finally, a detailed methodological tool kit for GIS analysis of land use and population data is provided.
The report concludes by stating that the “need for green space and it’s value to health and well-being is universal…”