Multifaceted benefits of afforestation and green spaces: study

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A recent British study sheds light on the multifaceted benefits of afforestation and green spaces, extending beyond environmental considerations to encompass public health.

Conducted on a cohort of 420,000 individuals with an average age of 55, the study underscores that individuals with access to gardens, green spaces, or those residing in leafy neighborhoods exhibit lower risks of stroke, dementia, and depression. 

Examining 12 years of health data related to strokes, dementia, and mortality, researchers found a correlation between proximity to green spaces within 300 meters of homes and improved health outcomes. The study, as reported by “News 24,” highlights a key factor contributing to these results: the reduction in air pollution. Individuals with access to green spaces were found to be 8% less likely to experience a stroke, 14% less likely to face mortality, and 13% less likely to develop dementia. 

The research, supported by data from the Stroke Association, underscores the role of trees and plants in absorbing and filtering air pollution—a factor implicated in 21% of stroke-related deaths. Beyond this, green spaces are identified as potential contributors to reduced depression and increased physical activity, thereby further mitigating the risk of strokes. This study reinforces the integral connection between green environments and positive public health outcomes, emphasizing the importance of incorporating nature into urban planning and development strategies. 

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