We need more green space
Natural and wild places have provided a lifeline for people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the past year, providing essential outside space to relax, exercise, play and spend time with friends and family. Access to nature is known to benefit people’s physical and mental health, leading to reductions in depression, anxiety and obesity. However, the pandemic has highlighted vast inequalities in access to green and natural spaces. One in eight households have no garden and rely entirely on public open spaces, and yet there is not enough quality green spaces in our urban areas. We need more wild, green, and natural spaces for our mental health, our community and our wildlife.
With a lot of wasted space in our towns and cities, there's a tremendous opportunity to transform these spaces into bright colourful places full of life. Any area, no matter how small, will contribute to a Nature Recovery Network, and help rewild where we live.
See more here www.hiwwt.org.uk/waste-space