Has the Pandemic Altered Public Perception of How Local Green Spaces Affect Quality of Life in the United Kingdom?

Crossley, Alexandra Jane and Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 (2022) Has the Pandemic Altered Public Perception of How Local Green Spaces Affect Quality of Life in the United Kingdom? Sustainability, 14 (13). Art 7946. doi:10.3390/su14137946

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Green spaces unquestionably improve both physical and mental health, but there is little information on how they affect quality of life. This study investigates whether the public perception of how local green spaces and their impact on quality of life have altered as a result of restrictions imposed by the U.K.’s SARS-CoV-2 pandemic containment strategy. Qualitative data were collected using an online questionnaire distributed via social media platforms and postal flyers. The results clearly demonstrate that 90% of participants believe that green spaces improved their quality of life during the pandemic, with over 85% thinking that green spaces will continue to have a positive impact on their quality of life once the pandemic is over. Whether this is a permanent change in public thinking or a short-term adaptation to the stresses of the pandemic can be assessed in future research studies. More detailed research is required to understand more clearly the aspects and types of green spaces that are the most valuable for improving quality of life so that future ones can be designed to provide maximum benefits.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green space; Quality of life; Usage of green spaces; Mental health; Essential workers
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2022 12:50
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 15:55
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11263

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