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We believe that greater priority needs to be given to prevention of ill health in public health and social care.


All those involved in creating healthy places – public health professionals, planners and landscape architects – need to recognise that landscape has enormous potential to improve our health and wellbeing.


This page brings together all our work on landscape and public health.





Public health and landscape: creating healthy places

(November 2013)


Can landscape help create healthy places? We believe that the evidence in this publication and especially the projects that we describe, provide a clear and positive answer.


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We're creating a series of videos illustrating the five principles above, each focusing on a landscape scheme featured in 'Public health and landscape'.

The first one shows how the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in east London exemplifies principle 3: a place where people feel comfortable and at ease, fostering social interaction and reducing anti-social behaviour, isolation and stress.


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Page last updated 14 November 2013

5 principles of
healthy places

'Public health and landscape' sets out the principles that we believe are essential to the creation of healthy places.

1. Healthy places improve air, water and soil quality, incorporating measures that help us adapt to, and where possible mitigate, climate change

2. Healthy places help overcome health inequalities and can promote healthy lifestyles

3. Healthy places make people feel comfortable and at ease,
increasing social interaction and reducing anti-social behaviour, isolation and stress

4. Healthy places optimise opportunities for working, learning and development

5. Healthy places are restorative, uplifting and healing for both physical and mental health conditions

Policy contacts

Stephen Russell 020 7685 2649

Northern Ireland
Pete Mullin (part-time)
0044 (0) 28 9029 6843

Ruth Williams (part-time)

Rebecca Hughes (part-time)

LI Policy Committee

What do we mean by ‘health’ and ‘landscape’?

Health describes a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of illness and infirmity.

Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and wellbeing of populations in order to prevent illness, injury and disability.

Landscape doesn’t just include the wider countryside and green spaces, but urban spaces, such as civic squares and public realm. It is an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of cultural and natural factors. This definition comes from the European Landscape Convention - a valuable and inclusive definition, covering outside spaces everywhere and at every scale.


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