Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is asking residents across Denton and Reddish to take part in Canal & River Trust’s ‘Science of Scenic Beauty’ study. People are being encouraged to ‘rate this scene’ or to upload their own pictures of local canals for others to judge. This will help provide valuable information for Canal & River Trust’s study, the ‘Science of Scenic Beauty’.
The ‘Science of Scenic Beauty’ study, undertaken in partnership with the University of Warwick, will help to determine what makes waterway spaces so scenic. The study will then inform the Canal & River Trust’s future planning, to ensure that local residents can get maximum enjoyment out of their local canals.
In Denton and Reddish, the Ashton Canal runs through Audenshaw; the lower Peak Forest Canal runs through Dukinfield and then close to both Denton and Haughton Green through the Tame Valley. There was a Stockport Branch Canal through Reddish, but this was infilled back in the 1960s – although a number of original structures still remain.
Urging local people to take part in the study, Gwynne said:
“This is great way of highlighting some of the beautiful canals we have access to across Denton and Reddish. Importantly, It’ll also help the Canal & River Trust better plan for the future and help make our waterways even more enjoyable.
I know from my work as Secretary of Friends of the Tame Valley just how important our local environment is, and how vital it is that as a community we all play a part in it, I’d urge anyone who’s interested to get involved!”
GP and best-selling author, Dr Amir Khan, known for his regular appearances on Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, said:
“The Canal & River Trust’s canals provide vital blue and green outdoor space, particularly in some of the nation’s most built-up and deprived communities. Spending time in these precious spaces can provide benefits gained from exercise, more sunlight, cleaner air, and the regenerative power that comes from being close to nature.”
Richard Parry, chief executive of Canal & River Trust, continued:
“Throughout the pandemic, canals have been an on-the-doorstep lifeline for millions, including many of the one in eight residents in the UK who do not have a garden. Government methodologies show that the Trust’s canals provide around £1bn in savings to the NHS each year through physical health and wellbeing benefits associated with active visits.
That is why we are asking people to join the Science of Scenic Beauty study, so we can better understand what makes canals so impactful on people’s health and wellbeing.”
People up and down the country are being asked to participate in the Science of Scenic Beauty study by rating images of canals and rivers online, to create hard data defining the key elements, or science behind scenic beauty. Scenery, not just greenery, has been shown to be key to better health and wellbeing. A previous study by the University of Warwick found people feel healthier when they spend time in more scenic areas, and that canals make the biggest contribution to scenic beauty in towns and cities.
More information about the study and how to take part can be found here.