Cities, Green Infrastructure, Health

A recent report on green infrastructure, cities and health, published by Dr Val Kirby FLI andy Stephen Russell from the Landscape Institute has drawn upon the notion that public health spending will cost much less if rather than treating the ill, measures are taken to prevent illness in the first place. They argue that greater consideration needs to be given to promoting healthier lifestyles; this can best be achieved through the delivery of multifunctional green infrastructures (such as green spaces, parks, rivers and street trees) in our cities and towns. Green infrastructure is proven to improve both physical and mental wellbeing, as it provides a space for exercise, social interaction and relaxation. Unfortunately there are certain barriers to Green Infrastructure including funding limitations, failure in strategic planning and the prioritisation of other sectors. 

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