This report summarises a rapid review of evidence on the social benefits of urban parks and green spaces. It has been conducted by researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield. It focuses on issues such as health, wellbeing and social integration rather than on the wider environmental and ecological benefits of green spaces.
The evidence is presented within a context of increasing policy interest in the social benefits of parks and green spaces. Following work by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund and civil society organisations, there is growing political recognition of the social importance of public parks.
The places where we live are important to our health and wellbeing. Changing how road space is used has an important part to play in people’s quality of life.
This strategy contains current initiatives and future actions to help fulfil the Scottish Government vision for the retail sector in a fair, sustainable way.