A Policy Exchange think tank report has made suggestions for policy that will improve the UK’s urban green spaces.
The ‘Green Society: Policies to improve the UK’s urban green spaces‘ highlights the importance of urban spaces to the social and economic well-being of the whole country, discussing the fact that they provide free space for exercise, socialising, and relaxation, all of which can improve both physical and mental health.
The report makes recommendations surrounding Council Tax Rebates for those who volunteer to improve green spaces, the possibility of ecotherapy being recommended by GPs, park levies, and developer endowments.
Fitness or trim trails can really help to bring more people into the UK’s green spaces and out of the gym. Such trails are a great way of giving people the same kind of work out as a gym would, but without the need for extra equipment. Trail users use their own bodyweight to create a resistance against the trail equipment, giving themselves a good workout whilst taking in the great outdoors.
Dr Katherine Drayson, author of the report comments: “Britain’s parks are the lungs of our great cities. They are an oasis of calm and tranquillity in an increasingly fast-moving world.
“However, as local authority budgets have been squeezed, public funding for parks… has declined sharply.”