University of Exeter study calculates benefits of having plants in workplace

Plants can boost staff well-being by up to 47 per cent according to workplace research at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Workspace: benefits from plants
Workspace: benefits from plants

Visitors were challenged to take part in the study, which measured their creativity, happiness and productivity as they experienced a range of different workspace designs.

Ninety experiments took place across the week of the show, involving a total of 350 participants.

The study, designed by the Identity Realisation research group led by Dr Craig Knight at the University of Exeter, in association with Indoor Garden Design, compared people's effective output across different types of business space.

The results showed that allowing staff to make design decisions in a workspace enhanced with office plants can increase well-being by 47 per cent, raise creativity by 45 per cent and boost productivity by 38 per cent.

Indoor Garden Design director Ian Drummond said he wants to use his European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups chairmanship to get interior plants recognised within the BREEAM environmental building assessment method and rating system. His firm recently supplied plants for the Glastonbury festival.

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