The Green Space Index is Fields in Trust's barometer of publicly accessible park and green space provision. In 2021 the Index was launched by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event in Starbank Park in Edinburgh.
Our Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research demonstrates that these spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. We believe that green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for good. Each year through the Green Space Index we take stock of the nation's quantity of local parks and green spaces and provide analysis on their impact.
of total green space provision in Great Britain
of green space provision per person in Great Britain
not living within a ten-minute walk of a green space
of green space provision in Great Britain legally protected
|Home Nation||GSI Score (where 1 is minimum standard of provision)||Provision of green space (ha.)||Provision of green space per person (sqm)||Population not within a ten-minute walk of a green space||Green space legally protected with Fields in Trust (ha.)|
|Region||GSI Score (where 1 is minimum standard of provision)||Provision of green space (ha.)||Provision of green space per person (sqm)||Population not within a ten-minute walk of a green space||Green space legally protected with Fields in Trust (ha.)|
|East of England||1.02||22,504.34||35.77||343,696||1,617.01|
|Yorkshire & Humber||0.74||14,259.88||26.19||183,889||484.62|
For more information on the Green Space Index, what the individual indices mean and how to find your way around the online map we have produced a series of frequently asked questions. Accompanying the FAQs and containing more detail on how the Green Space Index has been calculated and compiled are a set of Technical Notes.
Interested in learning more about the Green Space Index as well as hearing what others have had to say about its findings? We've collated a selection of commentary and responses to help you delve deeper and discover the stories behind the numbers!
"Throughout the pandemic the huge value of green spaces to local communities has been underlined, and going forward parks should be embraced as an important part of our collective recovery. The Green Space Index will provide a key tool for Local Authorities to identify inequity of access to green spaces, and to protect them for communities now and in the future."
HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT,
President, Fields in Trust
As part of the Green Space Index in 2020, we worked with our colleagues at The Co-op to investigate how much access communities in the future will have to parks and green spaces. We know how important parks are to our health and wellbeing and the findings of this research helps underline how crucial it is we protect them now, while we still can.
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policymakers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.