13th June 2019

The University of Exeter has this week featured in The Guardian, regarding their latest research around green infrastructure’s contributions to health & wellbeing.

Focusing on the research informing Greenkeeper, Dr Mathew White from the University of Exeter Medical School, and part of the Greenkeeper team, sets out in the article how two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice.

Graph depicting University of Exeter findings regarding time spent in greenspace and its impact on wellbeing
Spending at least 120mins a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing

The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect, with the benefits felt similarly by both young and old, wealthy and poor, and urban and rural people.

The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, used data from a Natural England survey, the world’s largest study collecting data on people’s weekly contact with the natural world.

Greenkeeper uses this research to inform our health & wellbeing value models within the tool, translating the green infrastructure visitor numbers into a health and wellbeing value for the community, and illustrating the potential savings for the NHS which could be secured. Further information on these methodlogies and how they have been interpreted within Greenkeeper wil be available in coming months via this site, so do check back for more information.


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