Natural England

Year of publication: 2016

This study explores the link between the availability of green spaces and the quantity of physical exercise people take, and consequently the impact this has on health and the economy.

It examines the impact of a decline in green spaces on the economy and health services – demonstrating that the resulting loss of physical activity could equate to around 374 deaths a year at an economic cost of £434m per year. Further analysis shows there could be an additional £23.6m cost to the health service in life-limiting illness. Accessible green spaces therefore make a significant contribute to improving health and wellbeing.

Content type: Economy

Tags: Report

Investigating the potential increase in health costs due to a decline in access to greenspace: an exploratory study

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