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WHO report reviews impact of urban green space interventions on public health issues

Section: In the CommunityType: News Item Date Published: 25th May 2017

World Health Organisation reviews the impacts and effectiveness of urban green space on public health issues.

A newly published study by the World Health Organisation reviews the impacts and effectiveness of urban green space interventions on public health issues, featuring local projects including Scottish Waterways Trust’s Nature Walks for Wellbeing programme.
ALLIANCE members Scottish Waterways Trust (this link will take you away from this website), Scotland’s only national waterways charity, run Nature Walks for Wellbeing in Inverness as a programme of nature-based therapy activities along the Caledonian Canal and surrounding greenspace. The project works in partnership with health care practitioners and local psychiatric hospitals to help people with mental health problems.
Results from the study indicate that urban green space is a necessary component for delivering healthy, sustainable and liveable cities.
Scottish Waterways Trust Chief Executive, Karen Moore, said:
“Every day, we see the difference green and blue spaces can make to improving people’s health and wellbeing through our canal-based projects across Scotland.”
“As this World Health Organisation report shows, locally organised nature walks can become especially successful when in collaboration with health organisations. By working together, we can reach those groups who need us most, and maximise the healthy benefits of green space to deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes.”
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