The current COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted some key challenges and inequalities of urban living. In particular, the provision of and access to urban green infrastructure for urban dwellers. Yet we know that urban greenspace and nature has a proven positive impact on our physical health and mental wellbeing and thereby supports the economy, as well as mitigates climate change .
The review uses Greenkeeper (an online tool designed to support planning and investment decisions around green infrastructure [GI] in cities across the UK) to explore how a series of green space interventions, focused within some of the UK’s most deprived urban neighbourhoods, where there are clear and significant gaps, would support a recovery which levels up both health inequalities and supports struggling local economies.
This report demonstrates how a £5.5bn capital investment in this programme, would deliver £200bn in physical health and wellbeing benefits to such disadvantaged communities, in tandem with the active travel, biodiversity, carbon capture and air quality enhancements that GI provides in support of our journey towards net zero.
You can download and read the full report here.