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Exeter is one of UK’s greenest cities, new research reveals

Published: 4 September 2020

Green Spaces Ludwell Valley Park

Exeter has been listed as one of the greenest locations in the UK - thanks to the city’s high density of parks and green spaces.

Researchers used an open street maps database to closely analyse the UK cities with the largest area of parks per person.

Exeter was ranked ninth in the UK.

Milton Keynes took the top spot, Warrington in Cheshire and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire took the second and third places.

A spokesman for the research, conducted by the holiday rental company Holidu, said: “When you live in a city, you can often find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the many buildings, constant traffic and the generally fast-paced environment.

“So where better to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some fresh air and tranquillity than in a local park?

“If you love to walk your dog or go for a run through the trees, have a cool drink with your friends sitting on the lawn, or read a good book under the sun, you've got miles of parks in these cities.”


  1. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  2. Warrington, Cheshire
  3. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  4. Northampton, Northamptonshire
  5. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  6. Coventry, West Midlands
  7. Leeds, Yorkshire
  8. Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  9. Exeter, Devon
  10. Dundee, Scotland

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