The project aims to investigate relationships between availability of local greenspace and physical and mental health outcomes among children in Scotland.

How is GRASS data collected?

A new linked dataset will be created, using existing data from the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children HBSC survey, a nationally representative dataset on child health, and administrative greenspace dataset, which provides data on extent and type of natural spaces. Utilising this dataset we will examine associations between children’s greenspace availability and three key health outcomes - physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and mental health.

How is GRASS data used?

Results will determine the extent to which amount, proximity, type and use of greenspace are associated with health outcomes in Scottish schoolchildren.


This research is a collaboration with the School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews, the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, and the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.



June 2018 – Sept 2019

Funded by:

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity