Over the past two years the impact of COVID has brought about lifestyle changes to many people, whether this be working more from home or coping with social distancing requirements in the outside world. What has become clear is that COVID has had significant negative impacts on people’s health and well-being, and one of the most common ways of coping with this negativity, has been to escape into parks and greenspaces.
It has been recognised that our public parks and the wider green and blue infrastructure are continuing to play a critical role in maintaining the nation’s mental and physical health and overall wellbeing. By providing places for everyday exercise, and recreation, parks (both urban and countryside) have shown themselves to be a vital part of our lives.
Introducing the Parks and Greenspaces Research Portal
Dr. Anna Barker, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice and Crimonology, University of Leeds, Dr.
Nicola Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Landscape, Planning and Management, University of Sheffield
and Paul Todd, Green Flag award scheme manager, Keep Britain Tidy