We know intuitively that greener cities are a good thing.
Yet in a recent Plant Pack survey, 90% of our customers said they didn't think cities were green enough.
Bringing nature into cities is often associated with parks and public spaces, but gardens and private outdoor space also have an important role to play.
Around the world, major cities are planning more green space. By 2025, London plans to increase green surface area by 5%, from parks and lawns, to flowerbeds and green roofs. Alongside this, the Major of London has pledged to plant an extra 2 million trees.
Beyond the obvious aesthetic and emotional benefits, why is having urban greenery so important?
Here are 3 ways growing your own plants can benefit your local area.
1. Adapting to Climate Change: research proves that plants reduce local air temperate. This is increasingly important as heat waves become more frequent, compounded by the urban heat island effect: London can be up to 10 degrees warmer than rural areas. Climatic volatility is set to increase, so any natural defence against rising temperatures is a great idea. Trees, shrubs, and smaller plants in soil also absorb rainwater and prevent flooding.
2. Urban Biodiversity: 41% of the U.K.'s species have declined since 1970, and urbanisation is a big driver of this. Cities often fragment natural spaces into small zones, so habitats become disconnected- and gardens can create important linkages. This is particularly important for bees. 90% of the world's flowers are dependent on pollinators, and planting flowers in your garden can help provide plant pollinator pathways, providing nutrition and habitat for pollinators who can then travel to other habitats.
3. Sound insulation: Cities are getting louder. The last National Noise Attitude Survey found that more of us are being disturbed by road traffic, neighbours, planes, and construction. Noise is a known cause of serious health conditions: high blood pressure, heart attacks and type 2 diabetes are just some of the illnesses doctors have linked to long-term exposure to the city din. The good news is, plants are here to help. They absorb sound waves and are a natural barrier to soften nearby noise.
So there we have it. Gardening and growing your own plants can make a big difference to the urban environment.
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