Happy New Year!
Here at Billy Goat we are looking forward to another year of providing quality machinery for all property clean up needs, be it residential, commercial or municipal.
Something we noticed in 2017, and we have written several blogs based on this topic, is that public green spaces in our cities and towns remain important – more important than ever, in fact – to the health and well-being of our communities.
Not only are gardens getting smaller, but it is estimated that two million homes in Britain don’t have a garden, and by 2020, 10.5% of all homes will not have a garden at all.
Cities such as London, Manchester and Leeds are all undergoing vast construction projects, regeneration and growth. More and more people are choosing to live closer to cities, and local councils and authorities are under increasing pressure to meet housing targets each year.
With all this urbanization, public parks and green spaces can form a vital part of a community, and are a great way for friends and families with children to get outside, especially if they have limited garden space at home. Recent research from Fields in Trust has shown that there is a direct link between publicly accessible parks and green spaces and health and well-being, and recommends that people visit a local park or public garden at least once a week.
It is possible that public green spaces will eventually replace the private garden altogether, and so it remains essential that parks and green areas are included in future urban planning for the benefit of everybody.
So here’s to 2018, and another year of cleaning up, landscaping and maintenance work to make sure our public spaces are accessible to everyone.