“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.
At Tisdall Associates we are committed to help create sustainable healthy communities. As evidence of 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, and of Local Authorities and Friends of Parks Groups in its Beta testing.
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 and 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
the PARKS FOR health INITIATIVE
From a vision in 2008, the development of the Parks for Health Toolkit has been driven by a desire to create truly sustainable Parks and Green Spaces. The Toolkit brings together health and wellbeing, 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 and Public Health alongside other health promoting initiatives.
It identifies practical interventions which can improve health and wellbeing across a wide range of 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 evidence based assessment, rather than subjective opinion.
It strengthens joint funding initiatives, including Parks, Leisure, Public Health, NHS Trusts and local employers.
It links Parks as health assets, with Health Promotion, Social Prescribing and Workplace Wellbeing.
Based upon such assessments and related usage, the real economic value of Parks and Green Spaces can be determined.
Tisdall Associates is proud to acknowledge the participation of Parks for London in this important journey.
“Health Parks” is a registered Trademark of Tisdall Associates Ltd providing brand recognition for the Parks for Health Initiative.
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 healthy communities. As evidence of this commitment we have created the Parks for Health Toolkit.
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.