"The Government and councils need to work together to ensure provision of new green space can be prioritised in our communities."
Responding to the annual Green Space Index analysis by Fields in Trust, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: “Our public parks are among our most popular community facilities, never more so than during the pandemic, and evidence shows the excellent benefits to our health that regular access to parks and green spaces provides.”
“But this analysis shows that access is not equal. While many are able to enjoy their local green space, just a short walk away, some communities that could benefit most from parks don’t have the same opportunity.
“The Government and councils need to work together to ensure provision of new green space can be prioritised in our communities.
“Further investment in creating new, and improving current green spaces is necessary in levelling up our communities and ensuring equal access for all to the health and wellbeing benefits parks provide.”