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The Parks for Health Initiative places Parks and Green Spaces within the context of Public Health, embracing health promotion, accessibility, physical activity and mental wellbeing, in addition to biodiversity enhancement and environmental risk factors related to Climate Change (Carbon Capture, temperature extremes and UV radiation etc).Emanating from academic study and research, and based upon many years for design experience, the Parks for Health Assessment identifies elements and characteristics of Parks and Green spaces and their use, demonstrated to contribute to health and wellbeing.  

The parks for health assessments

The Parks for Health Assessments are online, survey based assessment models. Two Parks for Health Assessments are shortly to be released:

The Free Basic Audit. This allows a basic health assessment of a Park or Green Space, identifying through a series of charts the current health status and potential for improvement.

The Premium Audit, Evaluation and Strategy. These are costed reports which can be used to identify, at increasing levels of detail, the current status of a Park, areas for improvement and new interventions. They are based upon an evidence-based survey of elements related to accessibility, mental wellbeing, physical activity, environmental factors and biodiversity. They provide charts and tables of status, and at the most detailed level (Strategy Report), they also list improvements and new intervention within each of these categories. These assessments offer tangible benefits:

(i) They make it possible to recognise, celebrate and improve the health status of existing Parks, embracing within the assessment model the key elements of the Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing.

(ii) They allow Parks to be used to contribute to environmental targets including (i) reductions in Carbon Dioxide by utilizing Parks better for carbon capture, (ii) reducing temperature extremes in the urban environment, and (iii) providing protection in Parks against the effects of UV radiation.

(iii) To deliver biodiversity enhancement, often associated with reduced maintenance costs.

sample reports

Lydiard Park Swindon Free Audit Report November 2018

Cintra Park Strategy Report December 2018

Whittington Park Islington Health Map 1

Change for Life Health Parks Leaflet


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