We recognize all too well the importance of green spaces and their benefits to the environment and the overall welfare of all living things, including us. Strategically placed plantings not only look good, they benefit the environment in countless ways. They filter pollutants from the soil and air, slow erosion, help with noise reduction, add privacy, provide food and shelter for wildlife, afford us incredible spaces for outdoor recreation, and provide cooling shade. While those things are extremely beneficial, did you also know that spending just 20 minutes a day in nature is good for our mental health and general well-being? Green spaces give us places to exercise or relax, socialize or disconnect, and are proven to have a calming effect on the mind, relieve tension, and reduce stress. Spending time outdoors in nature boosts our immune systems, stimulates serotonin production, and some studies have shown that living landscapes increase memory performance and raise intelligence! Any of these can easily be the reason that we all eagerly await the arrival of spring.
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” – Charles Lamb
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