By Elisabeth van de Grift
How can nature make a difference to public health?
Here are some interesting facts…
• Living in the greenest areas significantly reduces the health inequality gap between rich & poor (Lancet, 2008)
• For every 10% increase in green space there can be a reduction in health complaints in communities equivalent to a reduction of 5 years of age (Nature & Health, 2001)
• By 2020 depression will be the second most prevalent cause of ill health (WHO)