Plants absorb carbon dioxide which helps mitigate the effects of climate change. Plants also help make communities more resilient by removing pollutants from the air; providing shade for buildings and people; moderating high temperatures which cause urban heat islands; providing ecosystems which enable biodiversity; and providing benefits for mental health.
Natural systems can also help health care facilities adapt to climate change by moderating the impacts of floods. Examples include the use of bioswales and rain gardens.
Creating natural systems around our health care buildings contributes not only to planetary health but to personal health and wellness as well.
Trees and Green Space
Trees have many benefits to human health and are a great way to start a
A resource about the many benefits of Green Space
A Tree planting charity which focuses on health benefits of trees
Bioswales and Rain gardens
Are your grounds prepared for storms? Bioswales and rain gardens help to move water away from infrastructure. We spoke with Woodstock Hospital about their incredible landscaping -
Resource - pending
Pollinators are native plants and flowers which allow birds and bees to thrive
A guide to creating a pollinator garden
Healing or meditation gardens can be created for patient and staff wellness.
An Indigenous garden at University Health Network
A provincial horticultural resource