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We’ve always been told how green spaces are important for our wellbeing but a new study says the concrete jungle’s architecture can be just as beneficial.

Research by a team at the University of Warwick suggests health and happiness levels improve in ‘scenic’ environments, regardless of urban or countryside settings.

It means a view of Canary Wharf’s cluster of towers can have just as much a positive impact on our livelihoods as gazing at some rural fields.

‘Just because a place is green does not compel us to feel better on its own,’ PhD student Chanuki Seresinhe, one of the study’s authors, told the Telegraph.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle
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The findings came after researchers asked people to rate the so-called ‘scenicness’ of 217,000 landscape shots from all around Britain.

They compared these results to Census data on how people felt about their health and discovered that there was little correlation between greenery and wellbeing.

‘It seems to be that the beauty of the environment, as measured by scenicness, is of crucial importance,’ added Seresinhe.



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