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Published on: Friday 27th November 2015
Categorised under: Health , Cumbria, Kendal, Lake District

While greenery has been found to be good for your health, new research shows that it helps if your surroundings are easy on the eye.

Researchers used ratings from a website called Scenic-Or-Not where users rate how pretty more than 212,000 pictures of Britain are. More than 1.5 million ratings have been collected on the website which covers 95 per cent of grid squares of the UK.

The researchers took the average rating of ‘scenicness’ from all the different images relating to each area on the map – relying on average 166 different ratings. They then cross referenced how healthy people reported themselves to be in the 2011 census.

South Lakeland, near Kendal, rated third in the Top 10 most scenic areas in England and Wales. Copeland in western Cumbria came fourth in the list.

Dr Suzy Moat, co-director of Warwick Business School’s Data Science Lab, said: “We know that some of the areas rated as very scenic, such as the Lake District, are also very green. Our analysis confirmed that people do report their health to be better in areas with more green land cover.”

Chanuki Seresinhe, a PhD student in the Data Science Lab at Warwick Business School, said: “It seems to be that the beauty of the environment, as measured by scenicness, is of crucial importance. People report better health when living in areas of greater scenicness. Very scenic photos tend to contain large proportions of grey, brown and blue - perhaps corresponding to mountains or lakes. Our results suggest that the beauty of our everyday environment might have more practical importance than was previously believed.”

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