These men meet daily for a few hours to sit under the shade of a lovely Fig tree & chat.  It's enormously good for their health.

These men meet daily for a few hours to sit under the shade of a lovely Fig tree & chat. Meeting in green space is enormously good for their overall health.

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University & the University of Edinburgh are about to publish their research into brain fatigue in The British Journal of Sports Medicine.

This development is currently being built.  Notice how it is built right to the footpath boundary on the Princes Highway.

This development is currently being built. Notice how it is built right to the footpath boundary on the Princes Highway.

In the study, each participant was attached to a newly developed portable EEG machine that monitored their brain waves while they were out walking.  They were told to walk at their own pace & were send into three different urban environments – “an older, historic district with light traffic, then through a half mile of green space, then through a more urban district with heavy traffic.”

Participants showed rising attention & frustration levels in the two man-made settings & meditative brain activity in the natural, green space.

The study showed that people’s brains react well to green space & views of trees reducing stress & helping with attention fatigue.  Those of us who use parks & other green spaces regularly will know this.  Unfortunately, many don’t know of the benefits of green space or how daily use can have a major positive impact on their lives or they know, but do not have the time to use it.

“The fact that home-grown scientists have been able to prove what has always been suspected could have far reaching repercussions for planning law, in respect of allowing homes to be built on green-belt land.”

Trees & green space is something I believe should be mandatory with new developments here.  The trend has been to maximize the development by building right up to the footpath boundary & include only token green, but no useable green space within the development.  As more high-rise housing without green space is built, the issue of stress & brain fatigue will become a prominent feature within sections of our society & is likely to have far reaching effects in the workplace, the health system & within families. http://bit.ly/11eppqz

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