What the Land Trust believes
We believe that everyone should have access to well-managed, good quality, green space which has contributes significant to people’s health and wellbeing. The benefits include:
In addition to these benefits to health and wellbeing, supporting green spaces makes economic sense. The business case for investment is that it:
Green spaces make a demonstrable contribution to health objectives by providing safe, clean, green, accessible environments for people to use and enjoy. The Land Trust sites also support health and wellbeing through its broader programmes around the environment, education and social cohesion.
What we want to achieve
We want decision makers to recognise the value of green spaces to society and for this to be reflected in national and local guidance across relevant sectors (such as health, transport, planning) and ensure that opportunities for green spaces and green infrastructure to be embedded into all aspects of society are maximised.
What we are doing
We are raising awareness of the benefit of green spaces to public health amongst national and local government and other partners, to secure a clear commitment to support green spaces as part of a broader health and wellbeing strategy.
We are developing the economic case for investment in green spaces, showing the return on investment. We are developing social value assessments and natural capital accounting to demonstrate in monetary terms how people’s health and wellbeing improves with access to good quality green space.
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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