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Natural England – Report on health equalities and green spaces

Natural England have contributed to a joint report entitled ‘Natural Solutions to Tackling Health Inequalities’ which highlights the evidence of the benefits of green spaces to health and wellbeing outcomes, and the inequalities in use of, and access to, natural environments across England.

These inequalities contribute to health inequalities. The report proposes ways to improve access and use of green space, in order to improve health equity.

In the light of this evidence it important to see the large variations between local authorities in the proportion of people using green space for health and exercise. These were reported by the Institute of Health Equity in September 2014.

Together this information presents real challenges for practitioners, academics and policy makers from across the health and environment sectors, at both national and local levels, to better utilise the natural environment to help tackle health inequality.

You can read the full report here

Originally posted on 20 October 2014

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