Good-quality green space around housing has a huge impact on the lives of tenants, residents and people living in local neighbourhoods, according to a new good practice guide

Residential green space boosts community cohesion

Greener Neighbourhoods: A good practice guide to managing green space draws on research undertaken by the University of Sheffield and aims to inspire and support social landlords and their residents to plan for and improve their green space assets.

According to the guide, 17 per cent of households in England have social housing tenure and social landlords provide affordable housing for 8.2 million people. In some areas, the landscape managed by social landlords is estimated to be equal to or greater than that which is managed by the local authority park’s service.

Helen Williams, director of Neighbourhoods, said: “Housing associations play an important role in ensuring that good-quality open spaces are accessible to all. This publication and the wider work of the Neighbourhoods Green partnership illustrates what can be achieved through effective partnership approaches to managing green space.”

Nicola Wheeler, Neighbourhoods Green project coordinator, said: “Local open spaces are effective arenas for promoting healthy lifestyles, bringing about community cohesion and tackling inequality. They provide volunteering and employment opportunities, facilitate civic action and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Download a copy of Greener Neighbourhoods: A good practice guide to managing green space

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