Evidence type: Research
Organisation: Journal of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Author(s): Lafortezza, R., Carrus, G., Sanesi, G. & Davies, C.
In urban environments, green spaces have proven to act as ameliorating factors of some climatic features related to heat stress, reducing their effects and providing comfortable outdoor settings for people. This paper presents results of a study conducted in Italy and the UK with the general goal to contribute to the theoretical and empirical rationale for linking green spaces with well-being in urban environments. Results indicate that longer and frequent visits of green spaces generate significant improvements of the percieved benefits and well-being among users. These results are consistent with the idea that the use of green spaces could alleviate the perception of thermal discomfort during periods of heat stress.
Green spaces are particularly beneficial to an improved urban microclimate through shading and evapotranspiration.
Green spaces in the UK could be adapted for climate change by providing access to water and shade.