Fields in Trust

Why we protect parks and green spaces

Parks and green spaces and not just ‘nice-to-haves'. Here’s why we cannot afford to lose them.

Parks and green spaces give us the chance to stay active, meet friends, and take a moment for quiet reflection. It’s no wonder that the availability of a local park is directly linked to our sense of wellbeing and that they are estimated to save the NHS £111 million every year by reducing the number of GP visits we need.

They are the lungs of our towns and cities, absorbing pollutants and improving air quality. Providing habitats for a diverse range of wildlife and helping capture and store carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and urban heat effects.

Parks and green spaces encourage social interaction and a sense of belonging. They provide free, accessible places where all of us - no matter our background or circumstances - can enjoy the benefits of nature, recreation, and community activities that combat loneliness and promote social inclusion.

Simply put, parks help protect our planet and create a happier, healthier society.

Find out more

Our groundbreaking study 'Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces' reveals how frequent use of parks and green spaces contributes over £34 billion to our collective health and wellbeing every year.

More about Fields in Trust

What we are working on

Dive into the details of how our work has benefited communities just like yours, by learning more about our extraordinary protection programmes.

How we protect parks and green spaces

Discover how Fields in Trust’s work is positively transforming how we protect, support, and champion these precious places.

 Parks and green spaces near me

How green is your neighbourhood? Discover the parks and green spaces within a ten-minute walk from home using our interactive tool.

Do you live within a 10 minute walk of a green space?

Get Involved

Find out how you can play your part in the fight to save our parks and green spaces.