Perrywood gives free houseplants to schools to "cultivate calmness in the classroom"

As part of its Green Up Your Gaff campaign, Perrywood Garden Centre is hoping to boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels by visiting local schools in the area and providing them with free houseplants.

Perrywood in Essex is "cultivating calmness in the classroom" by giving pupils the opportunity to meet their expert houseplant team and learn about  how to look after their houseplants. Throughout October, Perrywood is
visiting 10 local primary schools, where children will be able to choose a plant for their classroom.
Zoe Willis is team leader of houseplants and bedding departments, and she has recently returned from The International Garden Centre Association study tour in Canada, where she gained an international perspective on plants.
She said: "Our main focus of the classroom tour is to give pupils the chance to learn about houseplants and give them the opportunity to benefit from what they bring to an indoor space. We’ve had a fantastic
response from the children, teachers and parents and it’s wonderful to see the youngsters get excited about their new houseplants."
Throughout October, she will also be running a prize houseplant hashtag challenge on Instagram. Details of how to participate can be found on Instagram (@perrywoodhouseplants @zoeshouseofhouseplants).

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