Once again the critically of marrying urban biodiversity and urban ecology with human need is given credence. Research by Sheffield University reveals that urban green spaces need to be safe and welcoming places to visit. They should also be designed in such a way so as to be inclusive and encourage people and communities who would not normally use green spaces to connect with the natural environment. Quality and ease of access are also critical. Creating “a sense of safety, and social activities that connect with vulnerable or isolated people can extend the wellbeing effects of green spaces to new people and groups.” The research calls “on policymakers to invest in new and existing green spaces so they meet the diverse needs of urban populations and everyone can access their benefits.” #SafetyFirst #Community #PeopleAndConservation #StrongerTogether #BetterTogether https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/iwun-project-green-spaces-wellbeing-1.837524

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