Intuitively we know that being out in green spaces is good for our mood and general wellbeing but is there any evidence that this is true. In a recent edition of Grow, the Magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Winter 2020), several studies were reviewed that help to add evidence that this is in fact the case.

The Grow article starts with the work of researcher Eugenia South, MD, who set up a study published in JAMA Network Open (July 20, 2018) where 342 Philadelphia residents were surveyed who live near 541 urban vacant lots.

Margaret H. Swartz, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a member of the Healthy Adams County Behavioral Health Task Force.

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