Why plants are important
Did you know that plants produce 98% of the oxygen we breathe and 80% of the food we eat? Find out more about why are our plants so important.
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) designated 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), a momentous opportunity to celebrate the benefits of healthy plants.
Due to the postponement of some key initiatives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the awareness raising year was extended until 1 July 2021.
Raising awareness of how, by protecting plant health, we are protecting the benefits plants provide to all of us, to wildlife, the environment and our economy are key objectives of the IYPH.
Factors such as globalisation of trade, increased travel and more plants and plant products entering the UK mean more threats to plant health. Protecting our country from harmful pests and diseases means that our plants can thrive in the future.
By protecting plant health we are protecting the benefits plants provide to all of us… to wildlife, the environment and our economy. There are lots of events and activities taking place throughout the year, find out how you can get involved and help look after our plants and trees.
Approximately 1.3 billion kg of air pollutants were removed by woodlands, plants, grasslands and other UK vegetation (2015)
Plants produce 98% of the oxygen we breathe and make up 80% of the food we eat
The world’s food supply depends on about 150 plant species, of which just 12 provide three-quarters of the worlds food
A mature evergreen can intercept more than 15,000 litres of water per year, helping to reduce the risk of flooding
The correct placement of trees around buildings can reduce the need for air conditioning by 30% and reduce winter heating bills by 20-50%
The UK fresh cut flower and indoor plant market is worth £2.2 billion at retail level
Around 568,700 jobs across the UK are supported by ornamental horticulture and landscaping, that’s equivalent to 1 in every 62 jobs
Amy is our first ambassador and the founder of Another Way, a charity helping people to live in a more environmentally friendly way and to form communities that can achieve real and sustainable change. From a very young age she has been fascinated by the natural environment, adoring all living things. In more recent times she has set a path towards becoming a marine conservationist. After influencing her family to go plastic-free and live more sustainably she wanted to share discoveries and the motivation to do this with the wider public.
Find out more about Amy Bray and Another Way