A study published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has revealed that women who live in homes surrounded by more vegetation have significantly lower mortality rates than those in areas surrounded with less vegetation.
The study spanned eight years and found that women in the greenest surroundings had a mortality rate 12% lower than those in the least green areas.
Contributory factors are thought to be improved mental health, increased opportunities for social engagement, better opportunities for physical activity and lower exposure to air pollution.
The researchers looked at specific causes of death amongst participants and found the greatest associations were between greenness and reduced respiratory disease and cancer.
So now the challenge rests with Planners, Developers and Landscape Architects to incorporate those findings into our towns and cities and make sure that new urban and residential developments have plenty of well designed green areas.
We’re up for the challenge, are you?!