Nature “more important than ever during the blockade”

Cheshire Peak, October 2020

Many studies suggest that time in nature supports mental and physical well-being.

The data confirm that many were suspicious. Nature and green spaces were a great comfort during the blockade.

Since the beginning of coronavirus restriction, more than 40% of people have stated that visits to nature, wildlife and local green spaces are even more important to their well-being.

According to the government’s natural environment adviser, Natural England, this percentage has been stable throughout the pandemic.

And this trend may continue.

According to numerous studies from organizations such as Natural England, people felt that time in nature underpins their mental and physical well-being during the blockade.



In a survey and data review of the role of nature and green space over the past year, the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS) means that changes in personal behavior and corporate attitudes will be evaluated and interacted by the UK after the blockade. The pandemic said it could be a much larger relationship with nature than before.

“What we still don’t know is whether the changes brought about by the blockade are temporary trends or new ways of life,” he said.

Studies show that green spaces connected people at various times in the pandemic and played an important role in meeting family and friends.

South London Park in March 2021

How to use the park and the green space is different during the blockade

According to ONS, the blockade increased the percentage of people spending more time connecting with loved ones outdoors from 11% in May to 22% in July. This increase during the summer continued until it dropped to 19% in January.

The blockade also highlighted the social inequality that exists in access to privately owned green spaces such as gardens.

Approximately 1 in 10 households across the UK do not have access to private or shared gardens. This will increase to 1 in 5 households in London.

Meanwhile, a study published in the journal Cities found a link between daily gardening and well-being.

A survey of more than 6,000 people found that those who garden daily had higher health scores (6.6% higher) and lower stress levels (4.2% lower) than those who did not garden at all.

Dr. Lauriane Chalmin-Pui, RHS researcher and well-being fellow, said: .. “

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