The everyday green places that people use are especially vulnerable. 10, 000 playing fields were sold off between 1979 and 1997. And only 10% of the UK's allotments remain. Places like these do not have special protection.
They are all under threat at a time when local councils are cutting budgets. But neglecting green places is a false economy. It doesn't take long for a once-loved open space to become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, and a cost to society.
So looking after green places isn't just about caring for nature. It's about caring for people as well.
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