17 October 2012

Five reasons why you want to live in a green city

The majority of the people in the world today live in urban areas, and the trend is continuous. Across the world 6 billion people, two thirds of humanity, will be living in urban environments by 2050. The Global Garden Report 2012, initiated by Husqvarna, shows that green spaces in urban areas are very important. It also reveals the top 5 benefits of living in a green city.
The romantic appeal of city life and the longing for the metropolitan pulse have always been attractive for people. However, city life has its downsides. As more and more people move to urban areas, city parks and other green spaces are tempting prospects for exploitation. In London for example, the equivalent of 2.5 Hyde Parks of greenery is paved over every year as the urbanisation is still continuing.

Here is what the 3,500 respondents in the Global Garden Report appreciate the most about living in a city with green spaces:

1. Better Community Spirit 
Parks and green spaces play an important societal role that everyone can enjoy regardless of background. In our survey, 87% of all respondents believed that having access to a good green area could have a positive effect on the neighbourhood or community spirit. 

2. Increased Property Value 
Among city planners and real estate agents, the fact that proximity to attractive green spaces can raise property value is well known. In our study, 63% of respondents reported being willing to pay more for an apartment or house if it was located in an area with good green spaces. 

3. Increased Health 
67% of the American respondents believed that having access to a good green space might get them to exercise more regularly. And there is strong scientific evidence that shows that people who do have access to parks or similar green spaces are not only more likely to exercise regularly, but are also less likely to feel stressed, angry or depressed. The report also shows that 66% of the respondents globally said that they go to parks or green spaces just to relax or unwind.
4. Better Air 
Urbanization means that the cities will have less green spaces for recreational activities, but also that the air quality will decrease and pollution will have a more negative impact on the citizens and their health. Air pollution is the most frequently mentioned problem among people living in urban areas – as many as 41% of the respondents identifies pollution as the number one downside of living in an urban environment. 

At the same time more than 55% of the respondents in France, Germany and Russia claims the top reason for going to parks is to get fresh air. The air quality improves if there are a lot of green spaces –especially trees– as they function as a giant filters, absorbing much of the dust, air-born pollutants and heavy metals that exist in city areas and thereby improving the quality of our urban air. 

5. Decreased Heat 
Not only do urban green spaces improve the quality of air, but they also help to regulate the climate of the cities. As green spaces can help to regulate the temperature, they have been found to be combating the phenomenon called “urban heat islands.”
Cities are also starting to experiment with urban green spaces as a possible way of mitigating the effects of global warming, using vegetation to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. 


What can we do?
One way in which Husqvarna can aid in making urban green areas more occurring is to offer products that make the maintenance of such more pleasant and convenient. For example, our new battery series has low sound and emissions, which make them perfect in cramped cities.
You can see our battery series below.

For more interesting statistics on why urban green spaces are important as well as new trends in urban green keeping, read the Global Garden Report 2012 in it´s entirety found to the right.