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.
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.
OUR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
To help you start your journey we have created the Parks for Health Free Survey. This shows you the functionality of the system. The Free Survey and Assessments are currently being updated, and will be made available shortly. Please register your interest on the form below, and we will contact you when the assessments are in place.
** ‘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.