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The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) annual report was published on 28th August. The survey, which took place in 2012, included questions on access to greenspace.

It revealed that those who regularly use their local greenspace are more likely to say that their health is good or very good when compared to those who don't use it at all. Similarly, those who never use their local greenspace are almost three times as likely to say that their health is bad or very bad when compared to as those who use it regularly.

The survey also revealed an association between access to greenspace and how people rate their neighbourhood as a place to live. It found that three quarters of adults who rate their neighbourhood as a very good place to live say that they have access to useable greenspace within a six minute walk, compared to just under two thirds (60%) of those rating their neighbourhood as very poor.

The full survey results are avaliable on the Scottish Government website and a summary of the findings can be found on the greenspace scotland website

 

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