Woodland improvements in deprived urban communities: What impact do they have on people's activities and quality of life?

C. Ward Thompson, J. Roe, P. Aspinall

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Green space in the residential environment is associated with a range of health benefits but there is very little evidence on the impacts of environmental interventions in nearby green space on patterns of use, physical activity, or perceptions of the neighbourhood environment. This paper presents the results of a study involving a natural experiment: improvements under the Woods In and Around Town (WIAT) programme in a disadvantaged urban community, compared with a similar community without environmental interventions in local green space, both in Glasgow, Scotland. A repeat cross-sectional survey of the community resident within 500. m of the local woodlands or green space (n= 215) used a quota sampling framework based on each community's demographic profile. Outcome measures included perceptions of neighbourhood quality of life, neighbourhood environment, and local woodland qualities, frequency of woodland visits and levels of outdoor physical activity. Results show highly significant (p
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)79-89
JournalLandscape and urban planning
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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Export Date: 27 September 2013

Source: Scopus


  • Activity
  • Deprivation
  • Green space
  • Health
  • Urban forestry
  • Wellbeing

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