New research from Fields in Trust suggests that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits.
- The Total Economic Value to an individual is £30.24 PER YEAR (£2.52 per month), and includes benefits gained from using their local park or green space and non-use benefits such as the preservation of parks for future generations.
- The Wellbeing Value associated with the frequent use of local parks and green spaces is worth £34.2 BILLION PER YEAR to the entire UK adult population.
- Parks and green spaces are estimated to save the NHS around £111 MILLION PER YEAR based solely on a reduction in GP visits and excluding any additional savings from prescribing or referrals.
The full report Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces and a Summary are available to download from the Fields in Trust
A BBC article is available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44027753