1st March 2018
This week, the Land Trust released a new report: The Economic Value of our Green Spaces, which highlights the direct economic benefits as a result of the creation of a park.
A report published today by the Land Trust shows how parkland lifts nearby house prices, creates jobs and generates revenue for local businesses.
The report, commissioned from Alliance Manchester Business School (1), used evidence from the creation in 2013-14 of Port Sunlight River Park (2) in Wirral, Merseyside, and made comparisons with comparable nearby areas.
The study identified a range of benefits around the park’s creation, including:
Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, said today:
“This study provides concrete evidence of green space bringing economic value to local communities. But there are barriers to overcome if we’re to reap the full benefits of this all around the country.”
The Land Trust’s report concluded that:
Euan Hall concluded:
“We need developers, local authority planners and central government planning guidance to come together and change how we think about green spaces – not just as places which support the government’s objectives around health and wellbeing, but also as assets that boost local economies. The findings from our new study are very encouraging and suggest a way forward that will benefit everybody.”
Find out more about the research and download the report at: https://thelandtrust.org.uk/the-land-trust-charitable-aims/thebenefits
This report has been produced with support from the team of MBA research students at Alliance, Manchester Business School, Autism Together, volunteers at Port Sunlight River Park and the TCPA.
Land, in particular public open space and wildlife, has always been my passion and here at the Land Trust I get to make a difference. I enjoy covering a large area of England and Wales and seeing a wide variety of sites. No site is the same, so it makes my job interesting.
Alison Whitehead, Development Manager
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