“Members (of our Friends of Ruskin Park) feel passionately about the blindingly obvious causative link between our health and the environment for the public park of this urban area”...”It’s quite a struggle to make consistent improvements. We want a more systematic and effective approach to deciding on priorities for the park and ensuring that they’re implemented.”
— Lucy Hadfield. Chair of Ruskin Park’s Friends Group. London Borough of Lambeth

Delivering Parks and Green Spaces for Health requires an objective, evidence based model. This model must be independent, objective, replicable, and user friendly. Based upon academic study and a detailed review of primary research, and drawing on many years experience in Landscape Design, the Parks for Health Toolkit places Parks and Green Spaces within the context of Public Health and Primary Prevention. It objectively assesses health promotion, accessibility, physical activity, mental wellbeing and the environment and biodiversity. Upon analysis the Toolkit identifies the current status of a Park against each of these criteria, elements in need of improvement, and potential new opportunities. It links these elements to the prevention of Obesity, Non-communicative Diseases and Mental Ill-health. Finally is identifies a Parks suitability for use within Social Prescribing.  

The parks for health assessments

The Toolkit includes the following Assessments:

The Free Survey: Using a short survey with representative questions. It provides an indication of the current health status of your Park, and its potential for improvement. (Click Here)

The Full Surveys:

Audit: The Audit is provided at no cost for Charities and Public Bodies. It identifies through charts and tables the proportion of elements within each of the health criteria which are (i) Present and satisfactory (ii) In need of improvement, and (iii) New opportunities. To receive a link to the Audit, contact us using the Form at the bottom of this page, with your email and request. By requesting the Audit, you are deemed to have read and accepted the Privacy Policy below. You will be sent a link and password. This will give you access to the Audit Questionnaire. On completing the questionnaire, you can submit the answers, and will receive an Audit Report.

Appraisal: The Appraisal is a detailed assessment of the Park. It includes Charts, Tables and Lists of elements identifying:

  • The Current Health Status, Elements for Improvement and New Opportunities, linked to each of the five health criteria listed above.

  • Elements linked to medical conditions; allowing particular groups of conditions to be targeted.

  • Elements which are suitable for use within Social Prescribing

The bespoke Appraisal Report represents a practical aid to delivering Parks for Health; celebrating existing health assets, making practical improvements, and identifying new opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of your community.

The Appraisal can be obtained on request and can be purchased for individual or multiple Parks. Please contact us for details via the Contact Form below, or by telephone.

Please contact us for more information or to discuss how we may be able to help you address your particular area of interest

sample reports


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