National Garden Gift Vouchers greens up the workplace with a gardening competition

Company: HTA
  • Chilli-off
  • Window sill salad
  • Ticklish plants
  • Build a car park allotment

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.

Visit www.hta.org.uk/garden-gift-vouchers/promotions-and-incentives/workplace-gardening-competition.html to find out more.

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