Published onOctober 24 2018
Recent research has shown the importance of green, clean public spaces can play as a tool to help the general public’s wellbeing.
With populations growing all the time, the quality of life in our urban areas is becoming a key focus. This is resulting organisations to take on responsibilities to maintain urban areas with the primary role ensuring they are clean and healthy environments for local people to enjoy.
With issues like anxiety and depression on the rise in urban areas, there is a need for inner-city green spaces that can have a positive impact on improving health and well-being. It has been proven to be a main factor in determining the relative enjoyability and appeal of a town when deciding where to live and bring up future generations.
Fields in Trusts have recently announced that four parks are set to benefit from £100,000 of investment through the Active Spaces programme with the aim of encouraging local people to get active in their parks. Each award of £25,000 will be used to enhance a vibrant green space to encourage good health and physical activity. The link between green space access and health benefits was recently measured providing a potential saving of £111 million per year by reducing GP visits alone.
Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, Helen Griffiths said, “We know that parks and green spaces contribute to health and wellbeing. People enjoy greater life satisfaction including both improved physical and mental health, directly linked to regular use of parks and green spaces”.
Ensuring well-maintained areas exist to help provide the right environment for people to relax in is becoming more efficient due to new technologies and techniques. Improving knowledge of integrated techniques around weed and vegetation management, using systems such as minimal calibration, non-chemical control and battery operation equipment are making the lives of green space operatives more efficient.
These applications are already helping local authorities in their quest to provide better-maintained parks and pavements.
Four recipient parks are:
- People’s Park in Ballymena, Antrim, N Ireland
- West Pilton Park, Edinburgh
- Gelligaled Park, Rhonda, South Wales
- Halewood Park, Knowsley, Merseyside.