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Report puts monetary value on Britain's natural assets

2 June 2011 Last updated at 16:15 BST

The UK's parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report.

The National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) says that for decades, the emphasis has been on producing more food and other goods - but this has harmed other parts of nature that generate hidden wealth.

The report also suggests that the health benefit of living with a view of green space, is worth up to 300 pounds a year, per person.

Jeremy Cooke reports.