Landscape Institute position paper advocating for the importance of landscapes in human health.
(2013) Landscape Institute Position Statement. UK organization advocating for landscapes. The paper asks those responsible for public health to give greater consideration to the ways in which health and wellbeing can be delivered through the planning, design and management of places. We believe that, through the provision of preventative solutions and by creating therapeutic landscapes for people with existing conditions, investing in landscapes will counteract the growing costs of health care.
The Landscape Institute says that the available evidence is so compelling that it supports a change of practice. How we treat our landscapes should be guided as much by their importance for health and wellbeing as for other considerations.
Healthy places improve air, water and soil quality, incorporating measures that help us adapt to, and where possible mitigate, climate change
Healthy places help overcome health inequalities and can promote healthy lifestyles
Healthy places make people feel comfortable and at ease, increasing social interaction and reducing antisocial behaviour, isolation and stress
Healthy places optimise opportunities for working, learning and development
Healthy places are restorative, uplifting and healing for both physical and mental health conditions