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. 

Space to thrive_2019, A rapid evidence review of the benefits of parks and green spaces for people and communities (


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