Connecting with nature is so important as it improves your mental health and connection to place. Australians have endured a lot recently - drought, bushfires, and a global pandemic – and we need to connect with nature now more than ever for:
- Respite - from the demands of our fast-paced society
- Recovery - evidence shows nature supports mental health and recovery from stress
- Resilience - by supporting respite and recovery, nature helps build our long-term resilience.
Not to mention, as more people are continuing to work from home, having more trees visible from your home office is a powerful benefit for your mental health and wellbeing and encourage people to spend more time outdoors.
“Achieving at least a 30% urban greening target in local communities could lower the odds of psychological distress by up to 31%, loneliness by 24%, and dementia by 16%, as well as reducing the odds of developing diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.”
- Prof Thomas Astell-Burt from University of Wollongong, and Associate Prof Xiaoqi Feng from UNSW
Join the Everyone Plant One campaign to support one million trees across Greater Sydney by 2022. It’s a big goal but an important one. Because, when everyone plants one, it’s better for everyone.
I’m pledging to plant one
Join in to contribute to planting one million trees across Greater Sydney. We’re counting on you. And your new trees!
I’ve planted one
Register your tree to make it count, because every tree planted gets Greater Sydney one-step closer to one million trees.
Select trees that are right for your landscaping and environmental needs. Consider the planting location relative to your home office or other parts of your home where you spend most of your time. Think about things like how much maintenance will the selected species require, the amount of water needed, space limitations, zoning requirements and soil type.
If you need help choosing a variety of tree, check our recommended species.
How to plant one
Need help selecting the perfect tree, planting your tree, or looking after your tree? Watch our video series.
Want to learn more?
Read the journal articles below:
- The association between green space and mental health varies across the lifecourse. A longitudinal study
- Therapeutic Influences of Plants in Hospital Rooms on Surgical Recovery
- Psychological Benefits of Walking through Forest Areas
- Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship