Health and well-being is influenced by the character and quality of where people live and work.
Whenever evidence relevant to health is called for, there is a tendency to demand the kind of clinical evidence, validated through experimentation and testing, that is necessary with new drugs or surgical methods. This kind of certainty is hard to achieve when exploring the links between people’s health and wellbeing, their behaviours and lifestyles, and the places where they live, work and play. Nevertheless over the past 30 years much attention has been given to building up the evidence base. It is now widely accepted that there is enough evidence to support claims about the positive connections between health benefits and environmental quality. Public policy makers have only started to embrace GI relatively recently. There is therefore limited evidence explicitly linking GI with improvements in health and wellbeing. There is, however, a substantial evidence base linking health and wellbeing with access to green spaces. (2015) June by Dr. Val Kirby and Stephen Russell, Landscape Institute, United Kingdom.