Mental Health Awareness: Planting Project

As World Mental Health Awareness Day was approaching, our site manager on the Atlantic Square project in Glasgow decided to think of new ways to engage the workforce while raising awareness.

He saw an opportunity on site to reuse materials and researched the mental health benefits of flowers and planting and discovered the following:

  1. Flowers can improve anxiety
  2. Flowers can help you sleep
  3. Flowers can improve memory
  4. Flowers can make you more productive
  5. Flowers can change your emotions
  6. In 2015, 88% of people cited mental health as a reason for heading out into the garden.

Engaging with some of the workforce, operatives converted an old sign board, painted it in the BAM colours, built plant pot trays with recycled timber, reused old hard hats as planters and planted a range of flowers and plants. A watering regime has also been put in place to ensure they are fed and watered regularly.

The mental health benefits of the project are displayed and promoted on site.

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