There are various benefits that come from spending time outside, with studies showing how access to green space can have a positive impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. However, while you never have to travel too far to enjoy the great outdoors, some people have access to much more green space than others.
Using Ordnance Survey data, Jurys Inn have analysed some of the biggest cities in the UK to see just how much open green space they have. According to their findings, Birmingham comes out on top as the UK’s greenest city, with 15.58% being made up of open green space. Nottingham takes second place, with 15.34% green space, followed by Glasgow and Manchester, with 13.49% and 13.13%.
To go one step further, Jurys Inn then re-ran their calculations, taking the population of each city into consideration. This new ranking shows which cities have the most green space per person – so you’ll have less chance of your favourite park being too crowded to enjoy!
In this new ranking, Newcastle takes the top spot, up from 7th, with 1m2 of green space for every 83 people. Meanwhile, Birmingham drops from 1st place to 6th, with 1m2 of green space for every 273 people.