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Green Society

20 August 2014
  • Environment
  • Public Open Space
  • Social Change
  • Fostering Communities
  • Strengthening Civic Society

Research from Policy Exchange, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, highlights the importance of parks and other urban green spaces to the social and economic wellbeing of the country. Providing free outdoor space for exercise, socialising and relaxation, parks can benefit both physical and mental health. However, on average local authority spending on open spaces was cut by 10.5% between 2010/11 and 2012/13 and there is no ring-fence protecting the budget spent on maintaining green spaces. Combined with the increasing demand for housing and other urban development there is a risk that the UK’s parks will deteriorate or become spaces that are the preserve of the wealthy.

This paper suggests a wide range of proposals to improve local green spaces.