We all know it really. Being in an environment that incorporates natural greenery makes you feel better. And this commentary from the Department of Medicine at the University of Louiseville reports that recent research backs it up.
It is well documented that wellbeing reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Large trees and shrubs decrease air pollution and increase oxygen in the atmosphere so the physical health benefits are also undeniable. Better health is good for all of us on a personal level but it is also good for the economy, with lower demands on medical and welfare services and better productivity in the workplace.
The property industry is on board for the journey and embracing the move towards this with green walls, bee hives on roofs, WWF's fabulous Living Planet Centre in Woking with full size trees running though the main offices. Our cities are in for a face lift in the coming years. And we literally can't wait.
Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote recovery from surgery and strokes. Such a wonder drug would be the most prescribed remedy in the world. Of course, there is no such magical cure, but you could get the same effects simply by planting a tree.