Exciting times are afoot. There appears to be increasing recognition that contact with nature can yield a range of health benefits. Major efforts are underway to improve access to discrete green spaces, as well as to increase tree canopy cover, within many cities in Australia and around the world. Green space is being appreciated as an important component of a liveable city and many of the underlying reasons are now widely known. Or are they?

Matters of contingency and evidence show how some groups are able to reap the benefits of green space more than others.   There are emerging ideas and evidence for hitherto unexplored pathways, linking green space and health.   There are possible avenues for future academic-industry research collaboration and coproduction


Recommended Reading

Markevych, Iana,  Julia Schoierer, Terry Hartig , Alexandra Chudnovsky Perry Hystad, Angel M.Dzhambov, Sjerpde Vries, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Michael Brauer, Mark J.Nieuwenhuijsen, Gerd Lupp, Elizabeth A. Richardson, Thomas Astell- Burt, Donka Dimitrova, Xiaoqi Feng, Maya Sadeh, Marie Stand, Joachim Heinrich, Elaine Fuertes, Exploring pathways linking greenspace to health: Theoretical and methodological guidance Environmental Research, Volume 158, October 2017


Ngurah, I Gusti, Edi Putra, Thomas Astell-Burt, Dylan P. Cliff, Stewart A. Vella, Eme Eseme John, Xiaoqi Feng
The Relationship Between Green Space and Prosocial Behaviour Among Children and Adolescents:
A Systematic Review
, Frontiers in Psychology April 2020


Sanders, Taren, Xiaoqi Feng, Paul P. Fahey, Chris Lonsdale, Thomas Astell- Burt The influence of neighbourhood green space on children’s physical activity and screen time: Findings from the longitudinal study of Australian children, University of Wollongong Research Online 2015


Feng, Xiaoqi, Thomas Astell-Burt, Residential Green Space Quantity and Quality and Child Well-being: A Longitudinal Study, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 53, November 2017


Astell-Burt, Thomas, Xiaoqi Feng Association of Urban Green Space with Mental Health and General Health Among Adults in Australia JAMA Network Open, July 2019


Bratman, Gregory N.,  Christopher B. Anderson, Marc G. Berman, Sjerp de Vries, Jon Flanders, Carl Folke, Howard Frumkin, James J. Gross, Terry Hartig, Peter H. Kahn Jr., Ming Kuo, Joshua J. Lawler, Phillip S. Levin, Therese Lindah, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Richard Mitchell, Zhiyun Ouyang, Jenny Roe, Lynn Scarlett,  Jeffrey R. Smith, Matilda van den Bosch, Benedict W. Wheeler, Mathew P. White, Hua Zheng, Gretchen C. Daily
Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective Science Advances, Volume 5, July 2019