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Understanding the state of England's urban green space and its impact on people's health and well being

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Presentation given by Helen Beck, Public Space Research Advisor, CABE, GSNF, Aug 2010

Presentation given by Helen Beck, Public Space Research Advisor, CABE, GSNF, Aug 2010

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  • Black and minority ethnic communities fare worst. Areas with very few BME residents can have up to 11 times more green space than areas where more than 40% of the population are from black and minority ethnic groups. And the spaces they do have are morel likely to be of a low quality. If this discrepancy was in terms of the number of hospitals, or the number of schools, would people stand for this glaring inequality? This matters. It has a knock on effect on people’s health and wellbeing. It compounds the impact of deprivation.
  • Shockingly less than 1 per cent of people living in social housing in our study said they used the green space on their estate.
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    • 1. Understanding the state of England’s urban green space and its impact on people’s health and well-being Helen Beck, Public Space Research Advisor, CABE
    • 2. Understanding the state of urban green space and why this matters
      • 18 month programme of work
      • Understanding the ‘state’ of England’s urban green space: ‘Urban Green Nation’ and ‘The Green Information Gap’
      • Why does this matter
      • for people’s health and
      • well-being? ‘Community Green’
    • 3. Urban Green Nation: Building the green space evidence base
      • Over 70 major data sources and an inventory of over 16,000 spaces
      • What does it tell us about publicly owned and managed urban green space? Evidence for the sector
      • 6 themes and a baseline for the future
      • Green space data analysed with socio-economic information
    • 4. Findings from the study: Value and use
      • Almost 9 out 10 people use parks
      • Perceived value of these spaces is increasing
      • Most frequently used service tracked by the Place Survey
    • 5. Findings: Council performance
      • If people are satisfied with their local parks, they tend to be satisfied with their council
      • How satisfied you are with your area is linked to your level of income: 30% gap
    • 6. Findings: Worse provision in deprived areas
      • The most affluent wards have 5 times more parks and green spaces than those living in the most derived 10% of areas
      • Different provision of spaces by type and quantity depending on type of area
    • 7.  
    • 8. Findings: Quality is related to use
      • Parks in the most deprived areas have an average of 51 visits per person per year. 62 visits in affluent areas
      • Lower levels of physical activity
      • Young people report lower quality
    • 9.
      • Urban green space, inequality, ethnicity and health and wellbeing
      • 6 case study areas
      • Cities in rapid transition, are we providing a service that is fit for the 21 st century?
      • Environmental justice
      Community green: using local green spaces to tackle inequality and health
    • 10. Findings
      • Only 53% of Bangladeshi people reported feeling safe using their local green space compared with 75% of white interviewees
      • Better quality green space - 60% thought their physical health would increase, 48% thought it would improve their mental health and 46% thought it would benefit relationships with family and friends
    • 11.  
    • 12. Next steps
      • Promotion of the action plan – member of staff and enabling support for social landlords
      • Moving from centralised data collection - development of a common methodology for data collection
      • Ongoing dissemination of ‘The Green Info Gap’, ‘Urban Green Nation’ and ‘Community Green’
      • Organisation structures for green space services – November 2010
    • 13. Thank you. Questions? [email_address] 0207 070 6793