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BCC commends report outlining value of clean public spaces

Published 1st September, 2011 by Neil Nixon

BCC commends report outlining value of clean public spaces

The British Cleaning Council has commended a report by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which has put the value of the UK's natural assets - including green spaces and parks - at £30 billion a year. The first ever full assessment of the UK's natural environment also revealed that some green spaces are in danger of being degraded through neglect, and improvements to these green spaces would have huge value to the UK population in health and welfare benefits.

The analysis found that the health benefits of living with a view of a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year, in part by providing areas for exercise but also due to the wellbeing benefits attached with looking at nature. The report also claims that these intangible benefits are rarely taken into account when decisions are made about development and maintenance.

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “While it is generally accepted that green spaces and parks are important for wellbeing, this report highlights the need for keeping them well- maintained and clean. By putting a value on our natural spaces, we will be better placed to make a case for clean, attractive environments, which are incredible assets available to us all.”

The British Cleaning Council will hold a session on improving our environment at its annual conference in London on 11 October. For full details of the line-up or to purchase tickets please visit the conference website:

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