A report published today (16 September) and by The Ramblers highlights that low income households and ethnic minorities live further from UK green spaces

The research with YouGov found that greenspaces are important to almost everyone, with 78% of people recognising that they are a good place to walk, it was felt that this was particularly highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two thirds (65%) of adults reported that being able to access green space in their local area had always been important to them, with an additional one in five adults (19%) saying that green space in their local area was more important to them now than before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The study found that 57% of respondents said that they lived within five-minutes’ walk of green space, be it a local park, nearby field or canal path. This figure fell to 39% for people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background and 46% for those with a household income of under £15,000.

Read the full report