Top local authorities for green space revealed - good news for Newcastle

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In a new study conducted by outdoor experts The Hunting Terrain, Newcastle has been identified as the local authority with the tenth most green space in the UK.

The study by The Hunting Terrain, assesses public green space accessibility across 40 major local authorities, considering population density, green space provision per capita- to identify the most and least accommodating areas.

The provision allocation per person is determined by access to public parks, and areas of public land with green space for people to visit for recreation purposes.

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Having sufficient access to public green spaces is important, particularly for residents of larger cities, as being among nature is key for mental well-being.

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Milton Keynes leads the nation in public green space access, boasting an impressive provision of 59.7 sqm per-person among its population of 285,032.

Second in the ranking is Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, which has a population density of 259,302 and an overall green space provision of 52.91 sqm per- person.

Ranking in third is Welsh city Wrexham, which has a green space provision of 44.92 sqm per capita, based on its population of 142,171.

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Wakefield is in fourth for the most readily accessible public green spaces, with a population of 349,951 and a total provision of 42.34 sqm per-person.

Fifth in the green space ranking is Aberdeen, the third most populous city in Scotland. Its population density is 235,864 and it secures a provision of 41.44 sqm of green space per person.

The ten local authority districts with the most green space per person

Local Authority District

Population (2023)

Provision Per Person (sqm)

Milton Keynes

285,032

59.7

Stoke-on-Trent

259,302

52.91

Wrexham

142,171

44.92

Wakefield

349,951

42.34

Aberdeen

235,864

41.44

Peterborough

208,923

39.48

Oxford

154,700

36.25

Swansea

249,711

35.89

Dundee

149,155

34.6

Newcastle Upon Tyne

302,316

31.67

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At the bottom end of the ranking is Norwich, which has a provision of 12.39 sqm per person based on a population of 145,252 - four times less than Milton Keynes.

Brighton & Hove is second to last, with a population of 299,473 and a provision of 12.86 sqm per capita.Portsmouth is third to last, with a provision of 13.97 sqm based upon a population density of 220,077.

Fourth to last in the ranking is Coventry, the city has a population of 391,673 and a total provision of 15.30 sqm per person. Bradford is fifth in the ranking, with a provision of 15.82 sqm of green space per person, across a population of 540,940.

The ten local authority districts with the least green space per person

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Local Authority District

Population (2023)

Provision Per Person (sqm)

Norwich

145,252

12.39

Brighton & Hove

299,473

12.86

Portsmouth

220,077

13.97

Coventry

391,673

15.30

Bradford

540,940

15.82

Kingston Upon Hull

262,756

15.98

Southampton

260,075

17.28

Plymouth

267,051

17.95

London

9,358,604

18.61

Manchester

574,184

19.03

Speaking on the findings, outdoor expert, Ethan King from The Hunting Terrain said: "These findings show that it is possible for larger cities to provide public green spaces for their residents, and it’s clear that it should be a priority for city planning officials is to come up with some more efficient ways to include natural spaces for residents to enjoy – especially in the areas where provisions are poor. "Having adequate access to green areas is crucial for a person's well-being, as being close to nature can have significant beneficial effects on stress levels. This is particularly important for residents of larger cities, since a large proportion of the population are likely working in busy and stressful jobs each day. Residents could greatly benefit from increased access to public green space as it will allow them to relieve stress after a long day of work."

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