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10th August 2018

Regular exercise 'best for mental health'

It's great to see the research base around physical activity and improved mental health continuing to grow. 

Our Health for Life project at Countess of Chester Country Park produced similar findings with people reporting that spending time outdoors had a significant positive impact on how they were feeling. 

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16th April 2018

Hospital admission due to obesity show a worrying increase of 20%

The recent news that hospital admissions where obesity is a factor is on a sharp incline is increasingly worrying. 

With more pressure on the NHS than ever before it is absolutely vital that problems such as obesity, which are inherently avoidable, are tackled at the source allowing health professionals time to focus on real issues. 

We have many health activities taking place on our sites across the country and we know they make a difference to people's health and well-being, both physical and mental. 

The answer to this problem is a simple one: more time spent outdoors in attractive green spaces. 

There are plenty of places out there already but we also need government to recognise that sustainable investment in green space is a worthwhile one, will improve people's lifestyles and will have a positive impact, not just on the spiralling costs of the NHS, but also on the UK economy as a whole. 

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18th September 2017

Lakes within urban developments

It's great to see developers starting to recognise the added value of incorporate green and blue infrastructure into their new developments. Not only can wetlands / lakes, if managed properly help reduce flood risk and support vital biodiversity, they are add benefits to people's health and wellbeing. 

It is just important to ensure there is a long term funding structure in place to manage and maintain these assets well into the future.

A number of our sites, adjacent to developments have lakes, ponds and wetlands, such as Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park in London, and we see time and time again how valued this haven is for people and wildlife within such an urban setting.

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29th August 2017

The physical inactivity epidemic

With 41% of middle aged people failing to achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking per month, according to Public Health England, it's costing the UK economy £7.4 billion a year, including £0.9 billion to the NHS alone. 

This is why it is so important for people to have safe accessible green public open space with paths and trails to encourage an active lifestyle. And by ensuring green open space has sustainable investment to manage it long term, will contribute to helping improve active and healthy lifestyles and and reduce costs on the UK economy.

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24th August 2017

Parks need to be well maintained to be accessible for all

Good to see the health sector recognising that if parks are well managed and safe, they are more accessible to everyone - helping people to lead healthier lives and be active. 

Particularly, with the recent news about how middle-aged people aren't getting enough exercise - with 41% not even doing a 10 minute brisk walk a month! 

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It is a privilege to work for an organisation that puts communities at the heart of its work. The knowledge that I am helping to provide a better environment, especially in areas where open green space is in short supply, is what motivates and inspires me.

Victoria Webbon, Estates Officer

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