When it comes to education, we often think of the quality of teachers, learning materials, a school’s reputation and Ofsted reports, among other things, but there is a small, yet significant step that learning establishments can make which has a real impact on how people learn, and that is the presence of plants.
It is something we have touched on before, but it bears repeating: studies have shown how live plants can have a positive effect on studying and reduce CO2 to healthy levels in classrooms and lecture theatres, where air circulation can be poor. Concentration, productivity and overall health can all be improved by the presence of live plants in learning environments (see our Benefits of Plants pages on the website for more).
This is something many of our clients in this sector appreciate, and we have recently signed a raft of new contracts with colleges and universities to supply new planting schemes or add to existing ones.
The University of Derby is a much-valued client of ours, in fact our local sales director, Paul Rogers, studied there. So Paul was pleased to not only sign a new 12-month contract with them, but also expand the agreement to encompass a total of four campuses and the Enterprise Centre.
In fact, Urban Planters Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire have been busy signing up colleges and universities across their area, including Nottingham University, Sheffield University and Samworth Universities and Burton and South Derbyshire College.
We always like to see our business grow, of course, but it is even more rewarding to know that the plants we are putting into these places of learning will be helping pupils and students to realise their potential, and maybe we’ll even cultivate some horticulturalists of the future!
There will be more about these schemes in our next newsletter and if you want to find out more about other schemes in schools, colleges and universities, please visit our Clients pages.