Recent budget plans suggest Government Departments will be cutting spending on interior landscaping or removing plants entirely from offices.
Thomas Palfreyman, chairman of eFIG (the European Federation of Interior Landscaping Groups) and MD of Urban Planters, warns them to think hard before removing plants from their workspaces.
Having plants in office environments can affect large savings in other areas. It is well known amongst the horticultural and the interior landscaping industry as well as academia that plants make a huge difference to our productivity and well being.
Cutting the budget for interior landscaping may seem a good idea in the short run, but could mean big losses in the future. Research has shown that plants only need to increase productivity by 1% to pay for themselves and, as we know, they increase it by much more than that.
Will you be removing plants from your office? How do you feel these cuts are being approached, and will they benefit anyone?