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7 Benefits of Plants in Facility Management

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

7 Benefits of Plants in Facility Management by RP Facilities Limited
7 Benefits of Plants in Facility Management

Plants, which make up to 80% of our diet, are crucial for our health and wellbeing. It is one of the oldest living organisms on Earth and have inspired advances in medicines art and literature. Plants inherently have key physical characteristics like colour, texture, size and form, and its purpose varies widely on its group. Plant groups with distinctive forms can be categorized to include trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, and palms.

Plants generally can help improve the quality of life in your facility. Plants can be introduced into your facility in many ways. Whilst some prefer to have around the exterior only, others see inhouse or domestic plants as aesthetics and therapeutic essentials with natural suitability to human requirements.

Facility or facilities management (FM) is a profession dedicated to supporting people. It ensures the functionality, comfort, safety, sustainability and efficiency of the built environment - the buildings we live and work in and their surrounding infrastructure as defined by ISO. Building a safe, comfy and healthy environment is a key function of a facility manager and this can be achieved through several ways including plants and gardening.

The world, through United Nations Millennium Development Goals is making conscious efforts at increasing green areas in our homes, offices and communities. Some organizations like RP Facilities Limited are promoting healthy and sustainable environment through tree planting, flowering and plant cultivation.

7 Benefits of Plants In Your Facility.

  1. Improving Quality of Air: Plants and Trees highly contribute to a clean environment as they improve air quality through the process of photosynthesis – producing oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide. Living in a greener neighbourhood has also been linked to better wellbeing so in estate around you or even within the interior of your homes, you can improve the quality of healthy living by introducing plants or trees.

  2. Emotional Wellbeing: Houseplants can determine your overall wellness like your mood, stress levels, sleep quality or even breathing. Generally, your health and wellness depend on diet and exercise, but your environment has great impact on your health too. The concept of environment, either tangible or intangible creates a powerful perception of your inner being and how you ultimately perform or experience life. Indeed, what you see around you can impact how you react to things within you.

  3. Improve Physical Health and Healing: There are many options you can take to enhance your environments, getting the right houseplants can help you solve some common health problems. Study after study has found evidence that exposure to plants and the natural world can reduce recovery times and can even lessen patients’ dependence on pain killers during healing, helping people to get back on their feet quicker after illness or surgery.

  4. Mental Wellbeing: The impact of plants on physical health has been well-documented. Research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has found that living with a regular view of a green space provides health benefits. Further study revealed that gardening can promote sustainable development and greatly improve mental health. So, research on plants and health is uncovering new, non-clinical treatments that improve mental health and help to regulate feelings of fatigue.

  5. Improve Performance: There is a high correlation between your mood, wellbeing and work productivity. Gardening can benefit lives by reducing blood pressure, lowering fatigue, increase attention, upskilling, increase job satisfaction and improved wellbeing. An unideal environment may have a negative impression on your health and wellness and can also lower work productivity.

  6. Improve Social Activities: Plants or gardens, when well-planned and environmentally controlled can attract human and nature, thereby increase the connectivity between the soul and the mother earth, human gatherings, social life and friendly atmosphere. Trees are generally much larger in size than plants and mostly suitable for exterior landscape of your residential or commercial estate or offices. Attractive terrane for families and friends to come together and spend beautiful moments together.

  7. Improve Social Activities: Some plants have some visual elements that make them suitable for beautification. Texture, form, size and colour are the physical characteristics of plants that provide aesthetic appeal to your facility – both indoor and outdoor. Some plants are extroverts—loud, boisterous, and energetic attention-getters—while other plants are introverts—quiet, calm, and content to be in the background. A good mix of plant personalities creates an interesting and appealing garden.

In conclusion, getting closer and closer to nature can improve the air quality in homes, improve our physical health, and help to improve our health generally. I will strongly recommend that you seek professional advice or service before deciding on which plants or trees to use in your facility for safety, costs, and other long term maintenance purposes.

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