Going green isn’t only about saving the environment but can also boost our mental health, a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health finds.

According to the study, in which over 25 000 people in almost 230 neighbourhoods took part, greater exposure to green space is linked with lower levels of depression, stress and anxiety.

After controlling for factors that could affect mental health, such as income, employment status and education, researchers found that those exposed to green neighbourhood spaces more frequently had lower levels of depression, stress and anxiety – poor folk living in a forest area showed to have better mental health than a wealthy person living on a relatively treeless block in the city.