“IT IS POSSIBLE TO KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING, BUT THE VALUE OF NOTHING"
Parks* and Open Spaces can be seen as a cost, or valued for their contribution to the health and wellbeing of society.
the health assessment model
From a vision in 2008, the development of the Health Assessment Model has been driven by a desire to create landscapes which are truly sustainable. Where spaces are good for people, as well as promoting biodiversity, and protecting and encouraging wildlife. The model brings together health and wellbeing, the environment and biodiversity within a single assessment model. This allows decisions and investments in local Parks and Green Spaces to be based upon objective assessment, rather than subjective opinion. Each of these dimensions (health, biodiversity and the environment) are supported by political commitment and legal requirements across national and local government. The Parks for Health Model allows each to be measured, and improvements demonstrated through objective assessment. Based upon such assessments and related usage, the real economic value of Parks and Green Spaces can be determined.
“Health Parks” is a registered Trademark providing brand recognition for the Parks for Health Initiative.
PROMOTING COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Scientific evidence support the use of appropriately designed Parks to provide a number of important health benefits:
Reduced all cause morbidity
Reduced prevalence in avoidable conditions and co-morbidities related to Obesity, CHD, Type 2 Diabetes, Strokes, some Cancers.
Improving Mental Wellbeing: Alleviating Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Dementia.
Strengthening Social Capital and cohesion.
As a context for Health Promotion
Mitigating Environmental Risk Factors and medical conditions related to Noise, Pollution, flooding, UV Radiation and temperature extremes.
Enhancing biodiversity is important in itself, it has also been demonstrated through research that an increase in biodiversity is linked to improved health.
Numerous economic benefits.
It has been estimated that in the UK Parks, Open Spaces and the Natural Environment save the Exchequer around £111 million per year based solely on a reduction in GP visits. Aggregated across the UK an estimated £34.2 billion worth of wellbeing benefits per year are delivered by frequent use of parks and green spaces. (Fields in Trust: Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces 2018).
At Tisdall Associates we are committed to help create sustainable communities. Through the Parks for Health Initiative we have created the following opportunities to make this possible:
The Health Parks App
Analysing Parks for Health
The Parks and Green Space Health Framework
We are here to help.
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*Parks and Open Spaces can include the wider natural environment, green infrastructure, Linear Parks to Metropolitan Parks, Local Open Spaces and smaller Pocket Parks. At Health Parks, we are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. We bring together qualifications and experience in Public Health and Landscape Design and Management to enable you to deliver health promoting Parks and Open Spaces.