Prestwood High Street Car Park – GMPRG’s case for more park benches
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
The case for park benches to encourage exercise and improve health
New research has shown that park benches are an asset to our lives and to our
Not only is the park bench great for encouraging people to go outside,
somewhere to sit and chat, it can also improve the lives of elderly people too.
Elderly people are suffering more and more from mental illnesses with 28% of
women over 65 being diagnosed with depression. Depression in elderly people
is a result of many different factors, with one of the key factors being isolation.
Loneliness can cause excess stress on the body and this can result in chronic
diseases including heart failure!
However, by going out for a walk and being able to sit on a bench enables
older people not only keep mobile but also to interact with people their age.
Not to mention that having a place to sit down gives older people a place to
rest whilst they go for a walk.
Prestwood High Street Car Park, owned by CDC, offers a great opportunity to
provide a bench at an appropriate location between other benches to help
the less mobile to get out and about, do a bit of shopping, go to the doctor’s
etc. Without somewhere to stop and sit, older and disable members of the
community are reluctant to venture out, in case they get out of breath or in
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE) , quoted in The
Times 23 March 2018 as saying that areas with benches, flowers and lighting
tempt people to go out for a walk. They emphasise the need for improvements
to public space to be more active. Councils are advised “to make it as easy
for possible for people to walk”.
The guidance from NICE adds- “For most older people walking is by far the
most important activity”. Doctors describe exercise as a “wonder drug” that
can prevent cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
Other Recent Posts
Tuesday, October 26th, 2021
Much of what we use gets discarded when we don’t need it anymore. This installation reminds us that when we leave our litter in the Natural World, it can remain in the land long after we are gone. To protect the place where we live, we need to reuse, recycle and repurpose. This project was …Read More...
Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Great Missenden & Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is a voluntary community group, an independent not-for-profit organisation run 100% by local volunteers. As a local stakeholder, GMPRG has a number of points to raise about the development proposals as shown on Great Missenden Station website Read More...
Monday, October 4th, 2021
Simon Rhodes created an overview of national bus services. The Appendix includes a definition of Community transport and associated data taken directly from the Council website. Read More...
Friday, November 27th, 2020
With the installation of a new noticeboard, visitors are now welcomed to Great Missenden in a way that befits the beauty, history and ecology of the village at The Heart of the Chilterns. Read More...
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
A memorial bench dedicated to John Skrimshire (1941-2016) has been installed close to the Pocket Park on the Buryfield, Great Missenden, where John used to enjoy times with his grandchildren. Read More...
Friday, March 20th, 2020
Next steps will focus on wider public support including a survey of commuters using Great Missenden station and local residents. Read More...