This UCL Institute of Health Equity report presents the evidence on the benefits of green spaces for improving health and wellbeing outcomes. Inequalities in access to natural environments in England are thought to contribute to health inequalities. The report proposes methods of improving access to green space for health and exercise with a view to improving health equity.
Allen, J. [and] Balfour, R. (2014). Natural solutions to tackling health inequalities. London: UCL Institute of Health Equity, October 2014.
Local variations across England are summarised with statistics:
Access to green spaces. London: UCL Institute of Health Equity, October 2014.
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May 2018 Update
On the Fields in Trust’s “Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces” report:
UK parks boost quality of life by £34bn. London: BBC Health News, May 7th 2018.