So it's official: Living with green spaces is good for you. And the great news is that Southampton is number 6 on the list of cities with the most green open spaces. So even if living in the city comes with traffic stress and those pesky traffic lights (which in other news officially don't work!) you can rest assured that our city and its local environs is actually better for us than we maybe appreciate. We might hate the mess created by the development and the traffic nuisance while the work is being completed, but even the North Stoneham development down the road from here has an impressive amount of dedicated open space. I never thought I would be the one saying that!
What are your favourite memories from childhood? Are they of those midsummer water fights in the garden, or playing games in the local park? It’s not really surprising many of us look back on these times in the great outdoors with rose-tinted (or rather green-tinted) glasses – it’s backed up by science. Recent research has found that growing up in proximity to green space has a decisively positive impact on a child’s future mental health. Children raised in areas with the most restricted access to nature were up to 55 per cent more likely to suffer from stress-related issues, depression and other mental health disorders than those in greener areas. The psychological benefits of living in green surroundings were the same both for those growing up in rural areas and those living in leafy neighbourhoods within cities.