The climate emergency and Covid-19 pandemic have focused discussion on inequality in availability of greenspace within cities.

Experience during the Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the need not just for greenery, but for good quality greenspace in close proximity to residents if health, wellbeing and social capital is to be maintained under external stresses and pressures.

This Glasgow-based research study evaluated the relationship between neighbourhood-level deprivation and greenspace quality by combining socio-economic data with assessment of neighbourhood greenspace from Google Street View, subjecting observations to statistical testing.

On nearly all measures of greenspace quality, there was a statistically significant correlation between deprivation and greenspace quality, with more disadvantaged areas having lower-quality greenspace.

The study showed it is not only the presence or extent of greenspace, but also the characteristics within greenspaces, that vary with deprivation. As existing research suggests, greenspace attributes such as tranquillity, greenness and perceived safety are important to unlock the health, wellbeing and resilience benefits that good quality greenspace can provide.

The researchers conclude that the lower quality of greenspace in disadvantaged areas may prevent residents from realising the full potential of health, wellbeing and social benefits. 

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