A new report from the UK has said that people living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese and dependent on anti depressants the Guardian newspaper has reported.
The report found that Scottish men living in green areas had a death rate 16% lower than their counterparts in urban areas.
Pregnant women also received a health boost from green spaces and the paper concludes that nature is a natural healer, helping to reduces stress and improve self esteem and mental wellbeing.
Robbie Blake of Earth Europe told the Guardian ‘We all need nature in our lives, it gives us freedom and helps us live healthily; yet deprived communities are routinely cut off from nature in their surroundings and it is suffocating for their well-being.”
It is also important to note that the report did not deal with rural isolation and issue faced by many farmers in modern Ireland. Access to nature and green spaces needs to be in conjunction with access to social outlets and outreach for those in isolated areas.
The report was carried out by 11 researchers at the institute for European environmental policy where they spent a year reviewing more than 200 academic studies for the report.