As we head into the new year, two Bolton lads are encouraging you to bring new life into your home. In August 2020, four months into the Covid-19 pandemic, Danny Roberts and John Maree set up Oxy-Plants.com. Based in a local mill, the lads are helping people across the UK to reconnect with nature and improve their wellbeing by inviting plants into their homes.
Oxy-Plants believes the perfect antidote to almost a year in lockdown is to start afresh – take a deep breath and take in your surroundings.
Danny says: ‘The joy of seeing a new leaf on your plant, or seeing it grow over a long period of time, has been shown to help bring joy and a sense of wellbeing, acting as the perfect remedy to the current crisis we find ourselves in.’
In fact, 2020 was the first year that UK GPs actually prescribed plants to help battle anxiety, depression and loneliness. This worthwhile scheme was launched by Cornbrook Medical Practice in inner-city Hulme, where many patients live in flats and do not have access to gardens or greenery. Medical Secretary, Augusta Ward, says: ‘Having something to care for brings so many benefits to people – especially those who may not have a garden or be able to have pets. The plant is then a reason to come back to the surgery and get involved in all the other activities in our garden and make new friends.’
The idea is backed by the city’s health commissioners, who want to promote community support - or ‘social prescribing’ - as one of the holistic ways to improve well-being in the city.
So, on a mission to encourage as many people as they can to make a ‘fresh start’ in 2021, Danny and John would like to offer all customers a 10% discount. Simply head to their website www.oxy-plants.com and enter the checkout promo code BOLTONNEWS.
For every plant sold, the lads will also donate 50p to charities Woodland Trust and Mind UK.