Study after study has shown the physical and mental health benefits of green spaces. A Public Health England 2014 report found that access to good quality green space is associated with a range of positive health outcomes including better self-rated health, lower body mass index scores and obesity levels, improved mental health and wellbeing and increased longevity.
Public Health England said people living in greener areas experience significantly lower levels of mental distress and higher life satisfaction scores.
The Landscape Institute has also done good work on the links between greenery and wellbeing. Its 2013 Position Statement highlighted studies showing that access to nature promotes recovery from stress and attention fatigue, and has positive effects on mood, concentration, self-discipline and physiological stress. And it also drew attention to the power of vegetation to reduce air pollution: low-density planting can filter air most effectively.
On the other side of the world, Japanese scientists have spent a lot of time studying links between outdoor greenery and wellbeing. The country’s Forest Agency advises people to take walks in woods if they wish to improve their general health. They call it shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing.
One researcher, Dr.Qing Li, a professor at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, has found that trees and plants emit aromatic compounds called phytoncides which, when inhaled, induce healthy biological changes in a manner similar to aromatherapy.
Other studies have also strongly suggested that health issues like heart disease, depression, cancer, anxiety and attention disorders can be ameliorated by contact with nature.
And in 2016 yet one more case study reported that women living in areas with a lot of vegetation had a 12% lower risk of death from all causes compared with people in the least green places.
It’s good to be reminded that landscaping can have such a positive impact on people. When you’re creating imaginative outdoor spaces, you’re also making a significant contribution not only to lifting people’s spirits but lengthening their lives.
And when it comes to imaginative landscape designs, there are few better products to help than the range of planters and accessories we offer at Kinley. Planters can bring an outdoor terrace area to life, and turn it to one that’s teeming with vegetation and interesting plant life.
Take Trafalgar Place in Elephant & Castle, for example. The £1.5bn regeneration scheme is a joint venture between Lendlease and Southwark Council and at its heart is a stunning garden where the landscape architects Randle Siddeley have used Kinley’s Corten Steel raised planters to let local residents grow their own green produce in a bespoke allotment space. They say it’s proving very good for their health and wellbeing!
Our planters are ideal for most types of landscapes – that’s why they’re so popular with landscape designers. Available in a range of styles and finishes, they’re easier than ever to install thanks to our evolving modular system. That’s why we say, Kinley makes it possible for you to create amazing outdoor spaces. And very healthy ones too. Try us!
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