Time and time again, it’s been affirmed by studies that plants (in their standard, horizontal formation) are excellent for one’s mental health and wellbeing. The exciting truth, though, is we need not be limited to the ways plants can be oriented to achieve their maximum benefits.
In fact, a recent US study has brought to light the academic benefit of green walls, and what they can do for children’s ability to study, ultimately improving their memory and exam performance. These leafy guys truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
What is a green wall?
Green walls are panels of plants that are connected or hung in a vertical orientation. Quite simply, they’re plants on a wall. While you might be most familiar with extravagant masterpieces that are in the urban sphere (we’re talking Chippendale’s Central Park in Sydney), green walls can also be simple structures. Best part? You can make them yourself.
The underlying benefits
Green walls have become a hit around the world in the commercial space over the past few years. As companies and councils began to take an open mind to the greatness of plants, and thinking creatively about the potential to envelop their interiors into a concrete jungle, green walls began to flourish. They exhibit all the usual benefits that plants have on us (i.e. improve air quality, particularly indoors, and mental wellbeing).
But it’s become more than that. Studies have shown just how performative these green walls are on children, as well as older students, in their study environment. Here are some key takeaways:
- Green walls within schools and classrooms assist with improving test scores in maths and reading
- The presence of plants in these rooms improves memory retention by 20%
- Students feel a natural sense of relief from anxiety and stress when in a room with a green wall.
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Time to take matters into your own hands
What better way to take advantage of the benefits of green walls than making your very own? You can check out our cute, quick and cheap ideas to create your very own green wall for your child’s study-room, just in time for the 2020 school bell to ring ring ring.
Inspired to fill your home with the wonderful brain-expanding energy of plants? Head to your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery and have a chat with the experts!