Our Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research found that parks and green spaces provide a Wellbeing Value of £34.2 billion per year to the entire UK population, and save the NHS £111 million each year in reduced GP visits alone. Green spaces make us feel happier and healthier.
However you use your local park it is doing you good. Whether it is for sport, nature, play or relaxation, get out there any enjoy your local green space!
One Small Thing
This week we’re asking you to do 'One Small Thing' each day - spend at least ten minutes in your local park each day this week. Pause and take a moment. Sit down. Look around you. Listen to the birds in the trees. Feel the grass beneath your feet. Love your local park!
Health and wellbeing is this week's Summer of Parks topic and we start by hearing about the benefits Active Spaces participants have gained from regularly being active in their local green space. pic.twitter.com/w3lxLrxZOt— Fields in Trust (@FieldsInTrust) August 26, 2019
As our Summer of Parks discusses health and wellbeing we welcome a guest blog from Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund, who shares her top ten tips for protecting your skin whilst at the park.
This week's Summer of Parks spotlight shines of Sutton Park in St. Helens and how our Active Spaces programme has helped people improve their health and wellbeing in an area identified as having high levels of inactivity.
We suggest seven simple activities you can do at your local park to help you be more active - one for each day of the week!
Our latest staff blog comes from Policy Manager, Alison McCann, who discusses why calculating the wellbeing value contributed by parks and green spaces is a relevant and important number to know.
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.
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