Green spaces can significantly benefit children’s physical, mental and social development - from infancy into adulthood.

The paper from Unicef outlines the many benefits of green spaces on children's health and development, as well as actions to improve access to green spaces. 

Recommended interventions focus on empowering communities to claim and maintain their local green spaces, securing government support to improve and create green space in cities, and prioritizing schools and child care centres for greening.

Presenting compelling and current scientific evidence that green spaces can ameliorate the negative effects of city living and help children develop to their full potential. It is timely, as the devastating crisis, and resulting lockdowns, generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in a surge of recreation in available green spaces and increased public appreciation of their health value.

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