Study Shows the Desire for Green Spaces

Nature is good for our health and good for our well-being. We know from many recent studies that green spaces relieve us from stress and raise our overall health in many ways. But growing urbanization and tighter schedules prevent us from spending time outdoors in green environments.

The Husqvarna Group published its Global Green Space Report 2013. 4676 citizens from nine countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden and USA) were asked about their relationship to gardens, parks and forests. Two third of the people surveyed believe that visiting and interacting with green spaces contributes a lot to a person’s quality of life and even 89 per cent consider having access to green spaces a human right. On the other hand up to forty per cent of all people asked admitted that they only visit a park once every three months, when it comes to forests people go there even less.

The overall numbers about how much time we actually spend in nature are declining year after year. There is a widening gap between what people tell and how they behave. No doubt, there is enthusiasm for nature, however, people tend to stay at home or spend their free time with activities indoors. For 35 per cent of the surveyed people the desire to interact with nature is so intense, that they think of becoming a landscape architect or a gardener if they could start their lives all over again.

There is no easy solution to reconnect people with nature but one important finding of the study is that the more contact people have with green spaces the more they long for it. People with gardens tend to spend more time with nature and take other people with them outdoors. Involved people involve others.

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Mobility Restriction Garden Furniture

The new range of ‘Mobility Restriction Garden Furniture’ produced by Dunsterhouse, UK, offers alternative solutions for people with restricted mobility, disabilities or who may struggle with the limitations of gardening.

They are easy to maintain and provide a little haven to encourag people with mobility restriction to get out and into the garden. The furniture includes raised ‘Planting Trugs’, ‘Picnic Benches’ with wheelchair access and the ‘Victoria Bower’ which features flower beds and an opportunity to harvest rain water. On display at spoga+gafa will be the ‘Heavy Duty Picnic Table with Canopy’ which has been designed for one or several wheelchair users to have easy and comfortable access to the table. These new products offer a practical solution for commercial or domestic applications whilst adding an attractive focal feature for any outdoor space.



Sun Without Side Effects

SOLARTENTS made by SKINCOM are uncompromising, certified and good looking.

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The solartents of SKINCOM have a protection factor of at least 60 according to the international UV Standard 801 – for superior sun protection. The company confirms that in writin, because the independent Swiss institute TESTEX vets all models every year. Besides that, there are no compromises concerning design. The flexible, spacious solartents combine timeless elegance with patented functionality. For example, the SKINCOM SOLARTENT EASY FOR TWO is nominated for the German Design Award.

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International People Plant Symposium in the Netherlands from September 6th to 8th 2012

The symposium will take place at Castle ‘de Berckt’ during the Floriade World Horticultural Exposition in Venlo, the Netherlands, on September 6th, 7th and 8th 2012.

Kasteel ‘de Berckt’ is a beautifully situated convention center, only 8 km from the Floriade grounds.The theme of the IPPS 2012 is “Diversity: Toward a new Vision of Nature” and the focus will be on the benefits of nature on health and well-being.

As there is a growing dynamic knowledge of the influence of nature and gardening on people, this symposium intends to bring together individuals and groups from a vast array of sectors, all with a common interest in nature, health, horticulture, horticultural therapy and therapeutic horticulture.

“Diversity” provides a unique opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain exposure and share with a large and focused audience of like-minded people from across the world.

The organizing committee is currently arranging the program and creating a cultural program that will make the symposium an experience to remember.

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