NEW research has unearthed a positive link between green space and the mental health of children living in English cities.

The Born in Bradford study looked at the impact of nature on the wellbeing of four-year-old children.

A total of 2,594 mums (1,518 participants were South Asian, 738 of white British origin, and 333 from another ethnicity) were asked to report on their children’s mental wellbeing between 2012 and 2015, and the amount of green space available in their neighbourhood was calculated using satellite images.

Researchers looked at the amount of residential green space around each of the participants’ homes and the distance to large parks.

They found that among South Asian children had fewer behavioural problems because the amount of green space in the neighbourhood had a positive impact.