Happier Living

Bringing together local communities to spend time together. From playing in a fun and secure space to cultibating fruits and vegetables; these projects foster inter-relations, enhance education, promote natural food growth…

How it works

Benefits include:

  • Improve public health
  • Improve the environment
  • Reduce crime
  • Encourage volunteerism
  • Attract tourism
  • Attract business investment

Greenspaces are the ‘green lungs’ of our towns and cities which contribute to improving people’s physical and mental health by providing places for informal recreation – walking, cycling, sitting, socialising and children’s play – and ‘breathing spaces’ to take time out from the stresses of modern life. They bring the countryside into our towns and cities, and make it accessible from our ‘backdoors’. Greenspaces also create safe and attractive places where people want to live and business invest.

Greenspaces are multi-functional; they are used in many different ways. They include not only areas to which the public have physical access, but also visual access, for example, in the way greenspaces provide settings for buildings, communities and everyday activities.

The quantity, quality, character, distribution and accessibility of greenspaces vary across cities, reflecting local circumstances.