Britain is quickly becoming a nation of non-movers, with children spending less time outdoors than ever before and vehicle ownership continuing to increase year-on-year.

Our television, radio and literature are saturated with stories about health, showing us to be one of the unhealthiest nations in Europe, supposedly a consequence of the average person’s relationship with food, the growth in social media and our lack of available leisure time. But are there other factors?

In this report  with the Ramblers we look at Britain’s attitudes to walking, asking 1,000 people from England, Scotland and Wales to tell us how often they use their parks and green spaces and what would encourage them to walk in these areas more frequently. The research reveals that each age group holds a different opinion about the value of walking, and that if we want to encourage people to enjoy green spaces we need to cater for each of their needs.

Walking in Urban Parks and Green Spaces has been written and researched by the TCPA and funded by the Ramblers as part of the organisation’s work to help encourage and protect the ability of people to enjoy the benefits that come from being outdoors on foot.

The report includes research into how people are using their local parks and green spaces and how – at a time when many councils have had to cut their parks' budgets - money and resources can be found from a wide range of sources to improve parks, green spaces and green routes through urban areas.

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