Data sources and indicators
Urban green nation: building the evidence base used data that is already available to discover what is can tell us about England’s publicly owned and managed urban green space.
The report explores a vast range of sources of data about green space and established an inventory of over 16,000 urban green spaces.
Data sources and indicators used
- Appendix 1 of the report shows who owns the data collected and what it tells us about green space.
- Appendix 2 of the report shows the different indicators used. This was to help us understand what information can be collected about green space. The indicators collect information about the quantity, quality, use and management of green spaces and also measure the amount of green space available to different areas.
Core indicators for the future
The research established a set of core indicators to use to measure trends in the future:
Green space (hectares) per thousand population
Area (hectares) used for sports/leisure per thousand population
Number of Green Flag-awarded parks per local authority
Percentage of households satisfied with their local area as a place to live
Percentage of people using green space by frequency
Percentage of people who are physically active
Number of homes within 300 metres of a natural green space of at least two hectares
Proximity to green space for those in the most deprived areas
- Management and maintenance
Resident satisfaction with local authority parks and open space service
Annual spend on parks per head of population
Cleanliness and maintenance of green space
Status of green/open space strategies
- Value to local people
Percentage of people who think that local parks and open spaces are important in making somewhere a good place to live
Percentage of people who think access to nature near to where they live is important
Further information about the data
The results of our data analysis using these indicators are set out in Urban green nation: building the evidence base.