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Living near green vacant spaces lowers stress

Living near green vacant spaces lowers stress
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Even city life can become a lot less stressful with a \"greening treatment\" of vacant spaces that includes cleaning and removing debris besides planting grass and trees, new research suggests. Vacant lots in one neighbourhood randomly received a greening treatment, while the other neighbourhood served as a control and received no treatment. The greening treatment is a low-cost environmental improvement that includes cleaning and removing debris, planting grass and trees,

New York: Even city life can become a lot less stressful with a "greening treatment" of vacant spaces that includes cleaning and removing debris besides planting grass and trees, new research suggests. Vacant lots in one neighbourhood randomly received a greening treatment, while the other neighbourhood served as a control and received no treatment. The greening treatment is a low-cost environmental improvement that includes cleaning and removing debris, planting grass and trees, and installing a low wooden post-and-rail fence. The average heart rate reduction attributable to being in view of the greened lots was over five beats per minute (bpm) lower than when near non-greened lots. Heart rate change has been used in a few previous studies to evaluate acute stress response.

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