The National Garden Gift Voucher (NGGV) scheme has launched a workplace gardening competition in a bid to green up the office and boost workers’ health and well-being.
With the evidence mounting that gardening really is good for you, this competition aims to encourage workers to take a few minutes out of their day to connect with nature and improve their wellness, productivity and creativity.
- A study by the new University of Technology in Sydney reported a 37% reduction in tension and anxiety levels among workers provided with plants at work compared with a control group.
- A study by the University of Exeter found that introducing plants into a previously sparse workplace increased productivity by 15%.
- According to Human Spaces’ study, staff in workplaces with natural elements such as plants and natural light reported levels of creativity 15% higher than staff in workplaces without these elements.
There are four fun growing activities that office teams can take part in: Chilli-off, Window sill salad, Build a car park allotment and Ticklish plants.
Teams can post a photo or video of their growing activity on the NGGV Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GardenGiftVouchers, using the hashtag #GIGFY (Gardening is good for you).
The competition runs from 25 March to 31 July and weekly winners will receive a £50 National Garden Gift Voucher.