OPENspace Director, Prof Catharine Ward Thompson, was a keynote speaker at last week’s 49th PARJAP Congress in Madrid. The event, organised by the Spanish Association of Public Parks and Gardens (AEPJP), focused on the health benefits of public parks and gardens across four key themes:
- ‘Green city and health’
- ‘Wellbeing as an urban planning objective’
- ‘Therapeutic designs of green spaces’
- ‘Lived experiences and real solutions (case studies)’
Prof Catharine Ward Thompson shared her research on the impact of green spaces on public health, highlighting how green spaces can reduce stress, encourage physical activity, and mitigate against climate change.