Lifelong Access to Parks and Public Open Spaces
The I’DGO design guidance on neighbourhood parks and open spaces is based on OPENspace’s two cross-sectional surveys of older people, nine on-site behavioural observations and five accompanied visits to local open spaces with older people.
Interview with Lyndsay Buckland in The Scotsman
Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, director of the OPENspace Research Centre at Edinburgh University, discusses how outdoor areas need to be made more accessible for older people to keep the population active as it ages (published online at Scotsman.com on April 28, 2014).
Activity, exercise and the planning and design of outdoor spaces
This paper reviews research into the relationships between attributes of outdoor environments and levels of activity and exercise in populations using those environments. It takes an environmental designer’s view of relevant and effective research and research approaches that can provide evidence for policy and practice. Ward Thompson, C. 2013. ‘Activity, exercise and the planning and… Read more »
Natural environments and their impact on activity, health and quality of life
This paper draws evidence from studies designed to explore the relationship between access to natural open spaces and physical activity, health, and quality of life. The research investigated patterns of woodland and green space visits for different kinds and levels of activity, relating these to perceptions, experience, and barriers to use by different groups across… Read more »
Preference and relative importance for environmental attributes of neighbourhood open space in older people
Having a neighbourhood open space that is attractive and easy to visit can benefit older people’s well-being. However, to date little research has explored the comparative importance of different attributes of local open space for older adults. Aspinall, P.A, Ward Thompson, C., Alves, S., Sugiyama, T., Vickers, A. and Brice, R. 2010. ‘Preference and relative… Read more »
Older people’s health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments
It has been found that the quality of neighbourhood environments is associated with people’s health. However, research so far is not conclusive as to mechanisms through which neighbourhood environments contribute to health in late life. Sugiyama, T. and Ward Thompson, C. 2007. ‘Older people’s health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments’ in Landscape and… Read more »
You really should get out more!
Public lecture recorded on 11.12.2012 at the Business School, University of Edinburgh. Addresses the question of why inclusive access to the outdoors matters for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.