Top 10 most picturesque urban green spaces in the world; Central Park in New York takes the lead

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New research from green energy experts has revealed a ranking of the world’s cities with the most scenic green spaces that also help purify the city’s air.

The research analyzed Instagram hashtag data for parks and green spaces in the world’s 100 largest cities to determine which parks are the most Instagram-worthy.

Central Park in New York takes the crown with over 7.9 million hashtags.

Occupying 341 acres of the Big Apple, the park is home to 18,000 trees which are cared for by the Conservancy Tree Care team. The team estimates that around 453 tons of CO2 are removed from the city’s air each year, thanks to the trees.London’s famous Hyde Park is ranked second in the list, and its 4,000 trees remove a total of 2.7 tonnes of pollutants each year and store 3,900 tonnes of CO2, preventing it from being released into the air of the city. Photo: Markus Freise/Unsplash

Second on the list is London’s famous Hyde Park, with 2,363,707 hashtags.

According to Treeconomics and The Royal Parks, Hyde Park’s 4,000 trees remove a total of 2.7 tonnes of pollutants each year and store 3,900 tonnes of CO2, preventing it from being released into the city’s air.

After Central Park in London, Hangang Park in Seoul, South Korea has nearly 750,000 Instagram posts.

It consists of 12 parks in total and last year the Seoul Metropolitan Government planted 90,000 trees in the park in an effort to combat fine dust, car emissions and noise pollution.Hangang Park in Seoul, South Korea consists of 12 parks in total.  Last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government planted 90,000 trees in the park in an effort to combat fine dust, car emissions and noise pollution.  Photo: Vau Kim/UnsplashHangang Park in Seoul, South Korea consists of 12 parks in total. Last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government planted 90,000 trees in the park in an effort to combat fine dust, car emissions and noise pollution. Photo: Vau Kim/Unsplash

Among the top five are two US green spaces, both located in California. Griffith Park in Los Angeles, which was featured in the Oscar-winning film The Earthis fourth on the list with over 493,000 hashtags while Golden Gate Park is fifth with nearly 487,000 hashtags.

Meanwhile, European gardens or parks that feature in the top 10 are Parc Guell in Barcelona in sixth place and Parque del Retiro in Madrid in ninth position.

(Note: as Instagram is inaccessible in China, no Chinese parks were included in the study.)

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