Bring your plant to work day!

To promote the University's commitment to biodiversity, air quality and health & wellbeing, this Friday (5th April) will be the first 'Bring your plant to work day' where staff are encouraged to bring a small houseplant into their work space.

As well as looking good, houseplants are known to support human health in homes, offices, school and hospitals. They improve air quality by trapping and capturing pollutants, help us to breathe more easily. Likewise, they provide a wide range of mental and physical health benefits.

The psychological benefits of indoor plants have been shown as:

  • An improved mood
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased worker productivity (adding plants to a windowless office in particular)
  • Increased the speed of reaction in a computer task
  • Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all)
  • Increased pain tolerance (for example, where plants were used in hospital settings)

The physical health benefits of indoor plants have been shown as:

  • Less breathing problems created by better indoor air quality through the removal of airborne pollutants
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduced fatigue and headaches by 20-25 percent in one study
  • Patients in hospital rooms with plants reported decreased post-operative pain.

Whilst we encourage staff to reap these benefits, we also request that plants are removed at the end of the day to avoid greenfly and other unwanted fauna, and also to avoid watering their plants at work to reduce spillages and in line with our water conservation policy.

We will also be running an event in Centenary Square at lunchtime where you can discuss any plant concerns with our gardening expert April. The first opportunity we have had to meet like minded flora enthusiasts from around the University.

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