The HTA are encouraging the nation to get planting this autumn. With the launch of its ‘million planting moments’ campaign.
Set to take place between 19 to 27 September 2020. The aim of the week is to encourage everyone young and old, expert and novice to take the opportunity to plant at the traditional ‘natural’ planting time of year. The week culminates in Million Planting Moments Day on Sunday 27 September.
The campaign, which takes place during the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), builds on the momentum around tree planting in the UK, recognising that all plants make a positive contribution to mitigating the impact of climate change. It provides an opportunity to highlight to consumers the importance of plant health.
Suggestions on the best types of plant to choose depend on factors such as soil, site and size of space are available. Consumers are encouraged to visit their local garden centre for expert knowledge and advice, depending on their specific needs.
HTA President Boyd Douglas-Davies comments:
“By creating a ‘#MillionPlantingMoments’ we are highlighting the huge contribution that plants make to our health and wellbeing, environment and communities.
“The beauty of the campaign is that anyone can take part whether they have access to a community space, garden, patio or window box and can plant anything from trees and shrubs to perennials and bedding.
“Taking place in nature’s natural time for planting we encourage consumers to visit their local garden centre to find out the best plants for their space and share their #MillionPlantingMoments on social media.”
Defra’s Chief Plant Health Officer Nicola Spence comments:
“Our world is much smaller than it once. Increasing globalisation and environmental change have huge implications for the health of the world’s plants. So it’s great to see that the HTA are encouraging safe sourcing and planting. Ensuring that the UK’s future plants and trees are kept pest and disease-free, through its ‘million planting moments’ campaign.”
There will be an opportunity for individuals to contribute photos of their planting moments using #MillionPlantingMoments, #IYPH2020 and #PlantHealth.
Key facts on plants and planting:
- One medium-sized shrub can capture 30 diesel cars’ worth of pollution each year.
- The cooling effect of green space in urban areas was reported to reduce average temperatures in the UK’s major city regions by 0.63 to 0.88⁰C.
- Over 3 years, a single mature oak tree produces enough oxygen to keep you alive for a year.
- Research has shown that every 10% increase in exposure to green spaces translates into an improvement in health equivalent to being 5 years younger.
- Scents can connect people directly to nature and the environment, having a significant positive effect on emotions and memory recall.
- Digging burns an average of 186 calories per 30 minutes – this is more than playing badminton, which burns an average of 167 calories per 30 minutes.