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Top doctor backs ‘garden gym’ idea

Top doctor backs ‘garden gym’ idea

One of the UK’s top doctors says an accumulating body of evidence supports a link between urban green space and benefits to human wellbeing. Royal College of Physicians president Sir Richard Thompson said plants helped reduce stress, anger and depression.

He added the fourth biggest cause of death in the UK was a lack of activity, making it important to provide green spaces in which people could exercise. He made the comments at a green cities conference in central London.

BBC article

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