Alan Titchmarsh Opens Welcome Building at Wisley
A new welcome building opened yesterday at the RHS Wisley Garden.
The multimillion pound project replaces the old plant centre and visitor facilities and includes a 100 seater restaurant and cafe.
Alan Titchmarsh, RHS ambassador, gardener and broadcaster opened the building. In his speech, he talked about the importance of horticulture in British culture and the importance of having a place where people can show off their knowledge.
He went on to talk about the importance of sustainability in gardening and how plants can aid and conserve nature for future generations.
He said in his speech: "Plants need your respect and support as the most important living things on the planet – without them, no other living thing can survive."
He was joined by three-year-old RHS Life Member Rosie O’Hare who was born at Wisley in 2016, and who returned to help Alan Titchmarsh hang his Greening Great Britain pledge from one of the 100 cherry trees in the new landscape.
Eating More Vegetables
Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat can lower the risk of clinical depression, according to a new study.
Scientists at the University of Warwick discovered that eating, for example, four extra portions of fruit and vegetables per day can boost people’s mental health to such an extent that it can offset half the negative psychological impact of divorce and a quarter of the psychological damage of unemployment.
The study examined the answers of 7,108 respondents who answered questions about their diet and lifestyles, as well as questions about their mental health.
“If people increase their daily intake of fruit and vegetables from zero to eight they are 3.2 percentage points less likely to suffer depression or anxiety in the next two years,” said Dr Mujcic, author of the paper. “That might not sound much in absolute terms, but the effect is comparable to parts of major life events, like being made unemployed or divorced.
The next step for the scientists is a randomised controlled trial to examine the causal relationship between diet and psychological wellbeing in society.