Mobilane has embarked on a pioneering partnership with Staffordshire University help existing and potential customers understand how well-managed green planted spaces can enhance wellbeing and solve social and environmental problems.
From improving mental health and reducing crime to improving air quality, the issues that the installation of a well-designed green space can resolve are diverse. In order to put these benefits on a more scientific footing, Mobilane and Staffordshire University are asking businesses – whether from the private or public sector – to come up with suggestions of what areas they would like investigating. Scientists from the university will then work with the company and Mobilane to research the precise benefits that an intelligently designed green space can yield in a particular area, for example building insulation, employee attendance rates or an improvement in general human well-being.
Some research by is currently under way with a study investigating how successful carefully designed green spaces can be at influencing biodiversity, improving building insulation and capturing microscopic pollutants, thereby improving air quality and human health
Mobilane has developed a partnership with the university after director Sean Farrell held discussions with academics from its Faculty of Sciences and was impressed by the independent rigour they would bring to the research.
Sean Farrell comments: “The problems that smartly designed and well-managed green spaces can solve are diverse, from improving respiratory health to reducing instances of domestic violence. Some research has already been done into these areas, but we are keen to work with industry and the public sector to help further clarify and quantify these benefits.
“Intelligently designed green spaces have a multitude of benefits, but scrutinising them in this way will give a clearer, deeper understanding of precisely what those benefits are. This research will provide firm evidence of the wide-ranging improvements the introduction of a high-quality green space into a development can bring.”
“We have wanted to be involved in research into the credentials of well-managed green spaces for some time and when we heard of the academic work being done at Staffordshire University we were keen to find out more and get involved.”
The current research being done at Staffordshire University will provide more information on how pollutants known as PM10s – particulate matter that is less than 10 microns in diameter – are absorbed by plants. The reduction of PM10 levels is a focus of policy for the Department for Transport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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