GreenSpace welcomes White Paper

GreenSpace has welcomed the importance placed on high-quality green space provision in the Government’s public health white paper, Choosing Health.

Parks and green spaces that are accessible, attractive and safe have been made integral to the Government’s vision of a physical environment that will encourage people to make healthy choices as part of their daily routine. GreenSpace chief executive Paul Bramhill said: “Choosing Health acknowledges that people want more access to high-quality green spaces where they can engage in healthy activities and exercise for free. It also recognises the importance of community action and involvement in making parks safer, which GreenSpace wholeheartedly supports.” While the organisation applauded the Government’s work so far, it called for more cash to reverse the cycle of decline caused by “decades of chronic under-investment”. Bramhill also feels more parks staff are needed to implement this while ensuring public safety. He said: “We call for funding to enable the recruitment of site-based parks staff as an essential step towards improving real and perceived safety of parks and green spaces.” Annual spend on parks is £600 million, which GreenSpace sees as a tiny budget compared to the £74.9 billion spent on health in 2003-04.

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