Green spaces can help reduce costs for public services such as the NHS, report claims.
The charity Land Trust has published a report which highlights the important functions and the ‘hidden value’ of green areas.
It argued woodlands absorb pollution and ‘lock up’ carbon, and wetlands store water which reduces the risk of flooding.
Through a 'natural capital accounting' approach, the Land Trust was able to translate these benefits into financial terms.
The study - entitled The Hidden Value of Our Green Spaces - said these functions helped reduce costs for communities and public sector services, such as to the NHS.
‘We've been transforming and improving land for community benefit for over 10 years, adding value, making a real difference to real people,’ said the charity’s CEO Euan Hall.
‘It's fantastic to be able to demonstrate the value in this way, helping us to continue championing well managed green spaces and all the benefits they bring.’