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Revealed: this is officially the greenest city in the UK

Cardiff has more than five parks per 100,000 people

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Faima Bakar
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How many parks and green spaces are there near you? If you’re in Cardiff then your answer is likely to be pretty high – as the Welsh capital has just been named one of the greenest cities in Europe.

The study, carried out by straw brand Drinking Straw, found that Paris was the greenest city of all, with a whopping 7.62 parks per 100,000 people.

But it’s easy to see why Cardiff also came out so high, as it has 37 green spaces including 18 parks, three gardens and playgrounds, five wildlife areas and three forests. That means it has 5.54 parks per 100,000 people. And the Welsh capital isn’t alone in representing the UK as Belfast also features on the list, coming in tenth place with 4.27 parks per 100,000 people. 

Here are the top ten greenest cities in Europe, according to the study:

1. Paris, 7.62 parks per 100,000 people

2. Luxembourg city, 8.51 trees

3. Dublin, 6.47

4. Cardiff, 5.54

5. Lisbon, 4.59

6. Bratislava, 2.81

7. Helsinki, 6.02

8. Reykjavik, 3.05

9. Barcelona, 5.12

10. Belfast, 4.31

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