Artscape hopes to promote the numerous health benefits for people all ages that are associated with being outdoors
High end garden design company, Artscape has launched a human behaviour survey, inspired by the BBC’s current Springwatch project that monitors animal behaviour during the change of season. The Artscape Human Springwatch Survey encourages participants to monitor their own changes in behaviour and mood over the next few weeks of spring.
By focussing people’s attention on the amount of time they spend outside, Artscape hopes to promote the numerous health benefits for people all ages that are associated with being outdoors, including:
• increased mood boosting serotonin that helps overcome depression (1)
• reduction in heart problems (we are less likely to suffer from heart attacks in summer) (2)
• less likelihood of osteoarthritis (3)
• lower stress and tension (4)
• the reduction in the likelihood of bowel cancer (5)
• relief from dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease (6)
• improved educational and social development for children (7)
Spring marks a distinct change in the way people increase the amount of time they spend outdoors. This is noticeable by a return to gardening, hanging washing, eating and drinking outside, visiting local parks, sitting outside at bars and restaurants, playing outdoor games and so on. Human Springwatch offers participants a downloadable journal for them to monitor the length of time they spend carrying out these activities, the time of day, and the way in which it makes them feel.
Managing Director, Ross Moyse comments:
“Spring is a great time for feeling positive and active, but so often our culture can keep us away from the garden and spending time outside. The Human Springwatch journal encourages our clients and people in the community to take concrete action over the next three weeks to feel the benefits of spring to the full”.
To take part in the Artscape Human Springwatch survey and download your personal journal, visit
For more information contact:
Ruth Phypers +44 (0) 79 7375 9334
Artscape offers extensive consultancy, creative design implementation and maintenance to discerning domestic and business clients. It has received Best Garden Award at the Hampton Court International Flower Show on two occasions in recognition of its expertise.
1. Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk
2. Department of Health
3. Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts discovered that a daily dose of sunshine could prevent older women from fracturing their hips
4. Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk
5. Dr Alan Maryon Davis, Director of Public Health, Southwark PCT
6. Registered charity, Thrive www.thrive.org.uk Research/Dementia and Gardening
7. Natural England One Million Children Outdoors report and campaign 2009 www.naturalengland.org.uk
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