Making the Most of Green Space for People’s Health

Welcome to the Making the Most of Green Space for People’s Health pages

Making the Most of Green Space for People’s Health is new guidance for Local Authorities and other stakeholders on the ways in which green space benefits health, and can be improved, expanded and promoted to maximise benefits for people and place.

You can download the 2-page summary here (pdf)


You can download a PDF of the whole Making the Most of Green Space for Peoples Health guidance from this link.









Note on COVID-19

This work was mainly developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are clearly implications of the pandemic and control measures for the ways in which public open spaces are managed for the benefit of public health whilst maintaining safety and protecting our natural environments. This work does not deal with these issues specifically, but a wide range of other resources have been developed during this time, for example:

There are also some very important implications of the pandemic that are likely to amplify inequalities in access to green/blue space and the opportunities it provides:

Covid-19 has highlighted the inadequate, and unequal, access to high quality green spaces – BMJ blog from Selena Gray and Alan Kellas

What is the value in local outdoor space for our mental health and wellbeing?– NIHR blog from Sarah Rodgers


Making the Most of Green Space for People’s Health evolved from a workshop held in Exeter in November 2019. This work has been produced collaboratively with the following individuals and organisations:

University of Exeter European Centre for Environment  & Human Health: Ben Wheeler, Rebecca Lovell, Harriet Gordon-Brown, Jo Garrett, Sian de Bell, Ian Alcock, Lora Fleming, Cecilia Manosa Nyblon

WHO European Region: Matthias Braubach

Born in Bradford: Rosie McEachan

Devon Nature Partnership/Centre for Sustainable Healthcare: James Szymankiewicz

Cornwall Council Public Health: Richard Sharpe

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council

Public Health Dorset: Rupert Lloyd and colleagues

Environment Agency: Jon Snowden

UWE/Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments: Danni Sinnett


Thanks to Leap for excellent design work: 



This work was supported by:

1. The National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Public Health England, and in collaboration with the University of Exeter, University College London, and the Met Office. (HPRU in ECH)

2. The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 66677 (BlueHealth)

3. The NERC South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)

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