Greenspace Scotland finds 'too few' people feel safe exercising in open spaces

Too few people feel open spaces are safe to exercise in, say experts who have published one of the biggest reports on measuring the health benefits of landscape.

Nearly all those quizzed by land charity Greenspace Scotland said open spaces should be safe places to encourage physical activity.

But just over half felt that this was true of their local green spaces. The findings followed the 82-page report on assessing the health impact of green spaces.

"There is growing national and international support for incorporating health-impact assessments into policy-making processes," said a representative for the charity.

Assessments pinpoint the health impact of policies in areas including transport, finance, education and housing to minimise damage.

"The assessments are a fairly new concept and debates are ongoing about their application. However, they will help green-space, health and other practitioners to assess the health impacts of greenspace projects."

Health Impact Assessment of Greenspace - A Guide focuses on the impact of a busy A-road and looks at taming it by including a village square, pocket park, river walk and more pedestrian-friendly housing.

Greenspace Scotland chief executive Julie Procter said: "Poor-quality, functionless and degraded green spaces can have a negative impact. The challenge is how to ensure that we are creating and managing health-promoting green spaces."

STATISTICS

Greenspace Scotland surveyed over 1,000 urban Scots

- 90 per cent feel green spaces should be good places to relax.

- 60 per cent feel their local green spaces are good places in which to relax.

- 91 per cent feel green spaces should be safe places to encourage physical activity.

- 56 per cent feel this is true of their local green space.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Generations of ordinary British people have been let down by weak, visionless leaders -- politicians more engaged by the next election than our national best interest.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources