Green Infrastructure Evidence Base

3.1 Introduction


Chapter 3 addresses the human health and well-being benefits of Green Infrastructure. A large body of research over the last twenty years has investigated the many connections between urban nature and human health and well-being, with much of the research undertaken by practitioners in the health and social sciences. Recent evidence suggests three principal ways that Green Infrastructure can contribute positively to people’s health and quality of life: through support for physical activity such as walking; through support for mental health by offering restorative experiences and engagement with the natural environment; and through opportunities for positive social interaction (de Vries 2010). As illustrated in Figure 11 Green Infrastructure can provide a range of ecosystem services that contribute to human health and well-being.