Coronavirus: Majority of Britons want green spaces prioritised after lockdown, poll suggests

Majority of people report increased appreciation for outdoors, and keener sense of community spirit, Samuel Osborne finds

Thursday 07 May 2020 08:55
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People observing social distancing on a bench in Hyde Park, London
People observing social distancing on a bench in Hyde Park, London

The majority of British people think maintaining and improving local parks and green spaces should be a greater priority when the UK’s coronavirus lockdown is lifted, a poll suggests.

More than half (53 per cent) said they have a greater appreciation for local parks, nearby countryside and green belt since social distancing measures were introduced.

Even more (57 per cent) said their awareness of the importance of such green spaces to mental health and wellbeing had increased.

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