Evidence on benefits
There is a large body of research providing evidence of the physical and mental benefits of urban green space.
LITERATURE REVIEWS ON BENEFITS OF URBAN PARKS
Benefits of Urban Parks: a systematic review. Report for the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, by Cecil Konijnendijk, Matilda Annerstedt, Anders Busse Nielsen, and Sreetheran Maruthaveeran, Copenhagen. January 2013.
The report analyses 86 research studies on the direct and indirect health benefits of urban parks. The conclusion of the review is that there is sufficient evidence that parks promote health, particularly through increased physical activity.
The Public Value of Urban Parks. Christopher Walker. Urban Institute June 2004.
This report reviews and discusses 14 research articles on the health benefits of urban parks. The report concludes that, beyond generating value by providing open space and recreational opportunities, parks are vital contributors to the achievement of wider urban policy objectives including youth development, public health, and community building.
The Benefits of Urban Parks, a Review of Urban Research. Mohammad Sadeghian and Zhirayr Vardanyan. Journal of Novel Applied Sciences, 2013.
This article reviews 58 research articles on the benefits of urban parks. It concludes that there is good evidence that urban parks provide substantial health and environmental benefits.
The Health Benefits of Urban Green Spaces: a Review of the Evidence. A.C.K.Lee and R.Mahewswaran, University of Sheffield. Journal of Public Health, September 2010.
This literature review
assesses 87 research articles on the health benefits of urban green spaces. The
review concludes that the available evidence does on balance suggest a positive
association between green spaces and better health.
ARTICLES ON BENEFITS OF GREEN SPACE IN A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
The following research articles cover specifically the health and wellbeing benefits of green space on a university campus:
Healthy Campus by Open Space Design. By Stephen Siu Yu Lau, Zhonghua Gou, and Yajing Liu. Frontiers of Architectural Research, December 2014.
Exploring Sustainability in Campus Design: Lessons from Leading Universities. By Mina Chan, Whitney Coupland, Kristen Gagesch, Catherine Mule, and Alyse Runyan. University of Toronto, 2009.
Students Perceptions and Use of University Campus Green Spaces.
By Janet Speake, Sally Edmondson, and Haq Nawaz. Human Geographies, Volume 7,
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity. The University of Cambridge has itself undertaken and published epidemiological research showing the benefits of physical exercise.