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Beauty spots improve mental health, church insurer says

In their national poll of 2,000 UK adults, Ecclesiastical learned that national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty are not only the UK's favourite places to visit, they are key to the nation's mental wellbeing.

This comes after it was announced that the Lake District National Park (pictured) has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, mainly for its beauty and its role in inspiring artists and writers.

More than a quarter of those polled said that what makes a place irreplaceable to them is that it improves their mood (28%). This was the single most important factor, above spending time with their family there (22%) and its beauty (18%).
Angus Roy, Director of Education and Heritage at Ecclesiastical, said: "This research provides a fascinating insight into the places that the UK would be lost without. There's a clear message that beautiful places and spaces - whether natural treasures or historic buildings - are irreplaceable. We are privileged to play a part in protecting them."

Last month, it was announced that the Lake District National Park has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, mainly for its beauty and its role in inspiring artists and writers.

Premier spoke to Roy to ask how the national parks could actually improve our wellbeing.

"It's dangerous to underestimate the benefit we can get from these facilities that we have and if we don't use them, unfortunately history has shown that we will lose them.

"I just implore people to take the effort and take the time because one day we'll turn around and there might not be so much heritage available to us as there was once before."

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