- The London airport has installed a vertical garden of 1,680 plants in a bid to de-stress passengers
- The shrubs were chosen based on those used to refresh the air on the International Space Station
- There is no word on how much the large floral feature – which is on a six-month trial – cost
Do you suffer from airport rage, brought on by check-in queues and long walks to the gate?
Well, take a look at Heathrow’s new ‘Garden Gate’ and your anger will apparently soften into quiet contemplation.
The London airport has installed a vertical garden of 1,680 plants at Gate 25, Terminal 3, in a bid to de-stress passengers.
The shrubs are also said to have purifying benefits and were chosen based on those used to refresh the air on the International Space Station. Peace Lily and English Ivy are among the specimens featured.
Although the first images of Heathrow’s garden wall have surfaced, the installation doesn’t officially open until October 10. A spokesperson from the commuter hub told MailOnline Travel that there is science behind the garden wall.
The source said:
“Various studies have shown that plants have a psychological calming effect on humans.”
“For instance Professor Virginia Lohr from Washington State University found in a study that plants reduced the physical signs of stress – blood pressure, pulse rates and skin conductivity.”
Richard Sabin from Biotecture, the company that Heathrow worked with to set up the wall, said:
“The Garden Gate at Heathrow is the latest, and perhaps most iconic, living wall representing the advancement of eco-technologies in the UK.”
“The world’s major cities are increasingly investing in green infrastructure, and the Garden Gate, both technically and ecologically, is cutting edge for its ease of installation, unique plant selection and LED lighting system. As the nexus of transit and technology, transportation hubs are ideal locations for green infrastructure to become an investment in public health and wellbeing.”
The Garden Gate is running on an initial six-month trial, if passengers like it, Heathrow plans to extend it across other gates at the airport.
There is no word on how much the floral feature cost. The long strip of greenery consists of seven 1.8m-high by 2.4m-wide irrigated panels.
Commenting on the newly-installed feature, Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s strategy director said:
“With our new Garden Gate, our passengers can pause at a natural sanctuary of rest and relaxation as they make their way through the airport, with 1,681 plants ready to see them on their way.”
In total, 287,274 passengers go through Heathrow Terminal 3’s Gate 25 every year.
Hopefully, with the new Garden Gate they will start their holidays stress-free, taking time to stop and smell the roses.
One traveller recently left some feedback after spotting the indoor garden:
“Amazing set up. Really brightens my day. We need more green at the gates.”
Source: Daily Mail (UK).