According to Zoopla’s list of UK cities, Chester has been named the best for access to green spaces and placed 10th for community spirit.
According to the Chester Standard, while London got the number one spot for having the greatest amount of green spaces, with a total of 243 to choose from, Chester has the best access, with the highest number of green spaces per household.
The key findings for Chester included:
• Ranking 10th in the UK for community spirit, with an overall score of 49.99 out of 100. • The best access to green spaces with the highest number per household. • An amazing community spirit, based on its 27 nurseries, 107 events, 20 volunteering opportunities, and 16 green spaces.
Stockport in Greater Manchester claimed the top spot for community spirit, with a score of 61.7 out of 100, followed by Cheltenham in second with 59.1, and Lincoln in third with 57.1.
A spokesperson for Zoopla said: “A strong community spirit should accommodate those of all ages, and nurseries can sit at the very heart of a community. Not only are they a great starting point for children to develop their social skills, but they provide a perfect opportunity for parents to socialise with one another too.”
The spokesperson added that having access to green spaces and the outdoors is proved to be beneficial to our mental and physical wellbeing and that 91 per cent of people had said it has improved their quality of life.
Local green spaces not only bring communities closer together, but they have been essential during the lockdowns in 2020, granting many people the opportunity to exercise outdoors.
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