Keeping fit and healthy is important at any time, but during the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical. If you have a garden or outdoor space, then you have a place that you can use to maintain your health and well-being.
Science has proven that gardening is good for you. The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has released a fact sheet called ‘How gardening can help during the coronavirus pandemic’, in which it has pulled together the scientific evidence that shows how gardening and being in the garden will help to keep you well.
Scientists have pointed out that:
- Gardens provide a place for experiencing nature which is proven to benefit mental health, cognitive functioning and emotional well-being.
- Gardening reduces depression, anxiety, obesity and heart disease as well as increasing life satisfaction, quality of life and sense of community.
- Gardens are essential to supporting recovery from illness and merely looking at gardens can reduce stress, blood pressure and muscle tension
Above all of this, the coronavirus lockdown provides the time and opportunity to create the garden you always wanted, producing a sense of pride and of course pleasure for you and your whole household.
In some countries, many garden centres and retailers are closed, but you can still buy plants online and also use the time to prepare the garden for when you can re-stock. It is also the perfect time to introduce children to gardening in preparing their own growing areas and sowing seeds.
AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe commented: «These difficult times of staying at home open new opportunities. Many people will have so much more time for their gardens and will begin to appreciate the joy of gardening for the first time. Gardens are going to play an important role in keeping society happy and healthy, and the garden industry stands ready to support success in this area wherever we can».
AIPH, partner of Flormart, created a resource centre http://aiph.org/coronavirus-covid-19-response/ on the AIPH website which is being constantly updated. You can also access the latest industry news on Coronavirus at www.floracultureinternational.com.