Green Spaces – Happiness

Originally posted on Sociology of Space:

As featured in The Guardian, some unsurprising evidence shows that the more green open spaces within London area there are, the more this correlates with peoples overall happiness. Residents in the leafy peripheral zones responded with greater positivity in the ONS Subjective Well-being Survey than people living closer to the more densely urbanised centre of the city.

This also ties in with a project by the Greater London National Park Campaign, that is actively pushing for London to be granted the same protective status as other National Parks within the UK. This will ensure that the current amount of green spaces within Greater London, currently at 36%, cannot be destroyed and removed; it could even lead a drive forward in creating new open areas of vegetation as a way of ensuring the well being of people living in the city long onto the future

These fantastic maps show the correlation well. –

Existing Green Space LondonHigher Happiness Map for London

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Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite NP 00Where Is It: Yosemite National Park is 195 miles east of San Francisco. Driving time is 4-5 hours.

The Birth: Act of Congress of 30 June 1864 (13 Stat. 325) granted Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California (regranted to the US government in 1906). Establishment of Yosemite National Park as a forest reservation on 1 October 1890 (26 Stat. 650) excluding Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. Boundary adjustments were made in 1905. Park extension in 1929 of 4,846.47ha and further extensions in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1938 and 1984. Designated as a World Heritage site in 1984.

It Happened Here: From PBS’s “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” here is how Yosemite got it’s name.

Size: 747,956 acres

# Visitors: 3,691,191 in 2013. July has heaviest attendance; January the lightest.

Plants: From the Park’s website:

The combination…

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Hidden London : Hornimans Museum & Gardens , From Tea Dynasty to Tea Room

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:


Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Horniman Museum is a museum in Forest Hill, London. Commissioned in 1898, it opened in 1901 and was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend in the Arts and Crafts style.

It is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is constituted as a company and registered charity under English law.


The museum’s Natural History gallery showing the distribution of modern humans.

The museum was founded in 1901 by Frederick John Horniman. Frederick had inherited his father’s Horniman’s Tea business, which by 1891 had become the world’s biggest tea trading business.

The cash from the business allowed Horniman to indulge his lifelong passion for collecting, and which after travelling extensively had some 30,000 items in his various collections, ranging from natural history, cultural artifacts and musical instruments.

In 1911, an additional building to the west of the main building, originally…

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Originally posted on Jacques Jangoux´s JungleView blog:

(Part 1: setting, house activities)

During my 23 stay with the group, part of the time was spent with the whole group at their main house, and part traveling with a couple of families, staying at 7 different locations, including 3 permanent houses, one semi-permanent house and 3 temporary camps; 6 days were devoted to travel of a duration of between one and three hours walking time (roughly one-quarter traveling and three-quarters settled), the rest of the time being spent on subsistence or household activities including resting or leasure; food gathering and horticultural harvest  were the most frequent activities (in number of days the activity was performed), followed by hunting, fishing and travel; horticultural products were most often consumed (21 days: several kind of bananas, especially plantains, were the staple food and were eaten everyday; sweet potatoes were abundant during the last five days while we stayed at two smaller…

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‘Dances with oregano’ or ‘doctor, there’s a walkingstick in my eye’

Originally posted on The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface:

Was doing some busywork this afternoon — clearing away spiderwebs and pulling up weeds that grow between the seams in the sidewalk. Came inside to make a little peach tart, when it occurred to me that there was something on my glasses. Thought it was a segment of bermudagrass that perhaps had fallen out of my hair and onto my frames. Was about to flick it away and then realized that grass was really a green walkingstick. Put him safely outside in one of the pots out on the deck, where he curled gracefully into the oregano.

Green walkingstick in pot.

Green walkingstick climbs into an oregano jungle.

Green walkingstick on eyeglasses.

What a view! Up close with a green walkingstick.

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