Organised by SCI’s Horticulture Group, Plants to the Rescue was held on 30 September at SCI HQ, London and had over 80 delegates in attendance.
With thanks to the sponsors: Eric Gardener Memorial Fund, Perennial, Plants for People, Lantra, Enterprise and Indoor Garden Design who displayed some wonderful plants on the day.
The conference highlighted the outcomes from current research demonstrating the benefits derived from human association with plants. Research shows that plants present in an environment reduce human aggressive tendencies and have calming effects. The result is added efficiency and effectiveness. Rates of absenteeism and illness fall when plants enhance the work place. Sharing common interests in plants helps community cohesion and diminishes sectional rivalries. The costs of well planned and planted environments are minimal compared with the benefits derived.
Keynote Review: Environmental green space driving social health
Dr Ross Cameron, University of Reading and Science Adviser to the Horticultural Trades
Yes we can . . . . change health, welfare and overheads with plants
Mr Jonathan Read, Plants for People
Contact with nature and plants improve psychological health: What is the evidence?
Dr Jo Barton, Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science, University of Essex
Plants and the Community
Dr Ruth Taylor, Head of Education, Royal Horticultural Society
Plants and a healthy society
Dr Tony Kendle, Foundation Director, Eden Project
Plants and recreational health
Prof James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield
Trees in Towns II: a call to action
Dr Mark Johnston MBE, Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Myerscough College
Working to change the world with the Green City
Mr Mark Long, National Representative, Plant Publicity Holland UK and Ireland Bureau
Plants relieve mental stress
Dr William Bird, Natural Health Adviser to Natural England