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Milton Keynes wins out on most green space in the UK

by | 11 Jun 24 | News | 0 comments

An aerial view of the National Bowl golf course in Milton Keynes.

In a new study conducted by The Hunting Terrain, Milton Keynes has been identified as the local authority with the most green space nationwide.

The study assessed public green space accessibility across 40 ‘major’ local authorities, taking into account population density, green space provision per capita to identify the most and least green accessible spaces.

Milton Keynes leads the nation in public green space access with a provision of 59.7 sqm per-person among its population of 285,032.

Access to green space and nature is widely recognised for its positive contribution to people’s mental and physical health, adding emphasis to the importance of accessibility.

Ethan King from The Hunting Terrain comments on the importance of having access to green space, saying: “This is particularly important for residents of larger cities, since a large proportion of the population are likely working in busy and stressful jobs each day.”

At the bottom end of the ranking is Norwich, with a provision of 12.39 sqm per person based on a population of 145,252 – four times less than Milton Keynes.

Brighton and Hove finished in the penultimate position, with a population of 299,473 and a provision of 12.86 per capita.

Kings adds: “These findings show that it is possible for larger cities to provide public green spaces for their residents, and it’s clear that it should be a priority for city planning officials is to come up with some more efficient ways to include natural spaces for residents to enjoy – especially in the areas where provisions are poor.”

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