Member News: Park(ing) Day 2016 — ParkCloud and the power of plants

What?

A fun event to promote the well-being benefits of plant growing and allotments 

When?

Friday 16th September 2016, from 3pm 

Why? 

To raise money for charity Stockport Mind, and join in the global Park(ing) Day event 

How? 

Just turn up on the day! 

Where? 

ParkCloud, Wood Street, Stockport SK3 0DF. 
Just opposite Stockport Audi, off junction 1 of the M60. 

How can I donate? 

Or on the day. 
 
Teaming up with mental health charity Stockport Mind, local business ParkCloud will be creating urban allotments using plants grown in the office for Park(ing) Day 2016. We’ll be splitting into two teams to raise money, grow plants and create these allotments in aid of Stockport Mind. Which team has the best allotment? You decide! Come along on the 16th of September to judge the allotments, enjoy a BBQ and learn about the power of plants – and even plant your own to take home. 
 
Beginning in 2005 in San Francisco when a single parking space was converted into a temporary public park, Park(ing) Day has since evolved and expanded into a global event. Taking place on the third Friday in September, ParkCloud decided to get involved in 2015 and is looking forward to participating again on 16th September 2016. 
 
Last year, ParkCloud teamed up with Stockport Mind, a wonderful mental health charity. The Park(ing) Day event in 2015 focused on yoga as a form of well-being. This year, on a similar theme of well-being and collaborating again with Stockport Mind, ParkCloud will focus on the power of plants.  
 
Research published in Psychology Today shows that having and growing plants produces psychological benefits, reduces stress and improves your concentration. Gardening improves physical health but can also improve mental health – in an article in the Telegraph, a woman describes how gardening, being outside and being around plants helped her deal better with her depression. Allotments are particularly good for this, as they combine gardening and a social environment.  
 
Transforming parking spaces into allotments, the ParkCloud office will be splitting into two teams to see who can create the best allotment. Each team will have a car parking space, and will be in competition to see who can grow the best plants, and create the best space. In the lead up to the event, we’ll be updating the progress of our plants on social media, so keep your eyes peeled. 
On the day, there will be a barbeque including some of what we’ve grown, an opportunity to vote for which allotment you like the best, a chance to plant your own seed to take home with you and much more. Everything we’re doing is to raise money for the fantastic charity, Stockport Mind, and any contributions would be really appreciated.