Our parks and public spaces have healing powers to boost well-being and reduce stress. Thery are also places where communities and memories are made.
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It seems we're generally living healthier lives than before the coronavirus pandemic. Our heart rates when resting are lower and we're all active for longer during the day. Exercising in parks has increased visitor numbers, but we need visitors help to address a few issues that have been raised by users.
Despite numerous studies, no one has yet found a way to reproduce the health benefits of being in nature. The study of the links between people and nature is called biophilia, and it's a strong argument for more greenspace as London's housing density grows. For the housebound, the closest alternative is to surround yourself with houseplants and play recordings of natural soundscapes.