The Importance of Green Spaces

Living in London, it’s easy to forget about nature, but outdoor green spaces are important for the environment and our well-being.

The Japanese expression “shinrin-yoku”, meaning “forest bathing”, helps to capture the experience of being immersed in greenery. A chemical released by trees and plants called phytoncide has been found to boost the immune system, improve blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and increase concentration and memory. Through photosynthesis plants can convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen, and they can remove toxins from the air we breathe, especially useful in London’s smog! Being able to look at a green landscape or space is linked with better recovery from surgery, less anxiety and better stress management. So instead of eating lunch at your desk, find a park!

“Never have we been so far from merging with the natural world and so divorced from nature. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities.” (Qing Li, Time Magazine, 2018).

City Metric reports that only 27% of people in Lambeth North, Waterloo & Southbank and 29% in Borough & Southwark Street have access to a private garden. We’re seeking council and mayoral funding to cover the cost of transforming and extending Bernie Spain Gardens north. Sign your name to support our campaign to transform and extend Bernie Spain Gardens north to ensure this sustainable green space is improved for our local communities without gardens. Sign your name to support here: https://coinstreet.org/bsg/.