There is some evidence that access to green and open spaces (like parks, woodlands and recreational grounds) can benefit human health and wellbeing. This Scottish Government funded research project investigated the links between greenspace and health in Scotland, including how greenspace might help to reduce health inequalities.
The project was led by the James Hutton Institute in collaboration with researchers at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh. Further information and links to final research outputs can be found on the Green Health website.
Use of the outdoors and access to greenspace
Use of Scotland’s outdoors is monitored as part of Scotland Performs. The ‘increase people’s use of Scotland’s outdoors’ National Indicator is updated on an annual basis. This information is also used as an indicator to measure progress towards meeting the objectives of the Land Use Strategy.
The Scottish Household Survey collects information about people’s access to and use of local greenspace. From 2012 onwards it also asks about satisfaction with local greenspace and frequency of visits to the outdoors, which includes open spaces in the countryside as well as in towns and cities.