Poorer areas lack green access

Scottish Household Survey finds deprived areas have reduced access to quality green spaces.

In the most deprived areas of Scotland, almost 25 per cent fewer people have access to green space than those living in more affluent areas, according to latest research.

Figures from the Scottish Household Survey found more than two-thirds of people across Scotland had access to green space. But only 52 per cent of those living in the most deprived areas were able to visit a public green area easily. That compares with 76 per cent living in the least deprived areas.

The figures relate to interviews carried out with around 500 residents in each Scottish local authority during 2009 and 2010. The survey covered a wide range of issues about local services and amenities and included a section on local green space provision.

Other findings showed 72 per cent of adults who rated their neighbourhood as a good place to live had access to green space compared with 39 per cent who rated their neighbourhoods as poor.

Fifty-three per cent of adults rating their health as poor could access green space compared with up to 69 per cent who reported good health, the survey showed.

Equal access call

"While it is encouraging that the survey found two-thirds of Scots have access to a green space they consider to be safe and pleasant, it is worrying that people in deprived areas have less access than people in other areas. This is particularly important in the context of the other findings, particularly the links between quality green space, self-reported health and people's perception of their area as a good place to live. A particular priority must now be to improve the quality and provision of green space in deprived communities." - Julie Procter, chief executive, GreenSpace Scotland

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