DELIVERING PARKS FOR HEALTH REDUCES AVOIDABLE ILL-HEALTH, BUILDS COMMUNITY AND MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE
Scientific evidence supports the value of Parks and Green Spaces for health. They have been associated with:
Reduced all cause morbidity and prevalence of avoidable medical conditions and co-morbidities related to Obesity, CHD, Type 2 Diabetes, Strokes and some Cancers.
Improving Mental Wellbeing: Alleviating Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Dementia.
Strengthening Social Capital and cohesion.
Mitigating Environmental Risk Factors and medical conditions related to Noise, Pollution, flooding, UV Radiation and temperature extremes.
Enhancing biodiversity for its link to the promotion of health and wellbeing.
It Makes Economic Sense
The use of Green Spaces to prevent and treat avoidable ill-health can reduce the cost of health care. As such it justifies investment in Parks by Parks Departments, Public Health and the NHS. The following cost savings and benefits have been demonstrated:
To the NHS via reduced medication, visits to GP’s and ongoing ongoing treatment.
To Local Authorities through reduced Adult and Social Care, and the cost of Mental Health Services.
To Parks Departments: Increasing biodiversity can have a positive bearing on health, and bring with it reduced maintenance costs.
Parks and Green Spaces have a positive impact upon desirability of an area, its property values and its attractiveness for businesses.
the PARKS FOR health INITIATIVE
Tisdall Associates are committed to the creation of healthy sustainable communities. To demonstrate this commitment we have created the Parks for Health Toolkit. We are proud to acknowledge the participation of Parks for London in the testing and refining of this Toolkit, along with Local Authorities and Friends of Parks Groups.
The Toolkit allows you to produce a Health Audit of your Park, and forms the basis for the development of a Park Health Strategy. It brings together health and well-being, the environment and biodiversity within a single assessment model. Utilising an easy to use on-line survey, the Toolkit delivers the following:
It places Parks and Green Spaces within Primary Prevention alongside Public Health and Social Prescribing.
It strengthens joint funding bids, including Parks, Leisure, Public Health and NHS Trusts.
It identifies practical interventions which can improve health and well-being across the following health criteria; Community initiatives, Accessibility, Mental Wellbeing, Physical Activity, and Environment and Biodiversity.
It allows decisions and investments in local Parks and Green Spaces to be based upon objective data rather than subjective opinion and personal preference.
It links Parks as health assets, with Health Promotion and Social Prescribing.
It provides current, evidence based, health data to compliment and enhance Park and Green Infrastructure Audits and Strategies
Based upon such assessments and related usage, the real economic value of Parks and Green Spaces can be determined.
PLACES AND SPACES FOR YOU TO ENJOY and be healthy
Tisdall Associates are committed to the creation of healthy sustainable communities. To demonstrate this commitment we have created the Parks for Health Toolkit. This is an evidence-based, online survey to assess Parks and Green Spaces for the health, wellbeing and the quality of the natural environment. We are proud to be associated with Parks for London who with Friends of Parks Groups and a number of Local Authorities, have participated in the refining and testing of the Toolkit.
** ‘Health Parks’ is a registered Trademark delivered by Tisdall Associates Ltd, a Registered Practice of the Landscape Institute (UK).
*The term ‘Parks and Green Spaces’ can include Parks, formal gardens, commons, public woodlands, nature reserves, recreation grounds, playing fields, village greens, amenity green spaces, play spaces and civic/market square, i.e. community spaces as well as dedicated play areas and activity zones.