In November 2013, the Landscape Institute issued a Position Statement looking at the links between landscape and good health and well-being. The Position Statement aims to give professionals a better understanding of the contemporary role landscape plays in the creation of healthy places.
Reflecting the growing evidence base and policy, the Landscape Institute has set out five principles that capture the positive links between landscape and health. 22 case study projects then show how these principles can be applied.
Lastly recommendations are set out to inspire greater collaboration between public health, planning and landscape professionals, so that landscape is fully integrated with the delivery of public health outcomes.
The statement sets out the five principles of healthy places which are relevant to CSGN projects:
1. Healthy places improve air, water and soil quality, incorporating measures that help us adapt to, and where possible mitigate, climate change.
2. Healthy places help overcome health inequalities and can promote a healthy lifestyle.
3. Healthy places make people feel comfortable and at ease, increasing social interaction and reducing anti-social behaviour, isolation and stress.
4. Healthy places optimise opportunities for working, learning and development.
5. Healthy places are restorative, uplifting and healing for both physical and mental health conditions.
Further information is available at www.landscapeinstitute.org/policy/health.php