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HEALTH & WELLBEING

There is a growing body of evidence which suggests a positive association between green space and physical and mental health and wellbeing. Green space comes in several forms, such as children’s play areas, public gardens, national parks and forests.

In the 2013 Husqvarna Global Green Space Report, 89% of people considered access to green space a human right, while two thirds of people surveyed believed that visiting and interacting with green space improved a person’s quality of life.

Availability of greenspace influences the likelihood and frequency of physical activity by providing people the opportunity to have an active lifestyle.

Additionally, studies have identified that green spaces provide people with the opportunity to relax, obtain peace and quiet and the ability to reduce stress. Eighty-three per cent of Australians see green space as a place for relaxation and a place to take time out.

Further, green spaces provide people with the opportunity for social contact, for example sports and playgrounds, which can in turn, have a positive impact on wellbeing as people feel more engaged and connected to people.

As more of Australia’s population lives in urban areas, there is the possibility that they will not have access to a good quality or quantity of green spaces.

As such, organisations of all types, including government, industry, business and NGOs, are constantly looking at how to improve green space.

To find out ways to add green space to your home, contact your local turf supplier.

 

References:

[1] http://202020vision.com.au/media/1025/husqvarna_global_green_space_report_2013-1.pdf

[2] Value of urban green spaces in promoting healthy living and wellbeing: prospects for planning, 2015, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4556255/