33 million people in England choose to use their green spaces.
91% of people believe that public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life. CABE 2004
‘Where people have good access to green space they are 24% more likely to be physically active, those who live furthest away from parks and green spaces are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese.’ WHI scheme: Natural England (2009)
A brisk walk every day, in a local green space, can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 50%, strokes by 50%, diabetes by 50%, fracture of the femur by 30%, colon cancer by 30%, breast cancer by 30% and Alzheimer’s by 25%.
Air quality, air temperature, water and flood management, are all kept within manageable limits because of parks and green spaces.It is estimated there are around 5,000 city farms, community gardens, allotment sites, school farms, orchards and related groups in the UK, engaging with as many as five million people a year. Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens