We all like to spend some time with nature. Apart from the health benefits, gardens play a significant impact in the development of children and the happiness of everyone in the neighbourhood. However, the rapid population growth in India’s metros has depleted the green cover. In fact, Chennai and Mumbai have a meager 0.46 square meters and 0.12 square meters of green space per capita, as compared to the recommended standard of 9 square meters of green space per capita.

The lack of quality green cover poses an increase in the vulnerability of residents to atmospheric pollution, carbon emissions, and related health hazards. True to its vision of creating lifestyle patterns that provide more than just spaces to live and operate out of, all Hiranandani projects are popular for their gardens that add value and loads of benefits to their residents. Here are five ways how the gardens at Hiranandani projects improve the quality of life.

Improves mental wellbeing

Direct exposure to nature has its own benefits on mental health, reducing stress, and increasing happiness. And what’s more these effects take place almost immediately. Even spending ten minutes in a park or urban woodland area could tangibly reduce stress, says a study by Finnish researchers.

The visual aspects of nature can also have a soothing effect, according to experts. Calming nature sounds and even outdoor silence can lower blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone, which calms the body’s response.

Ideal for physical activity

The sedentary lifestyle which we live today is directly linked to obesity, which can cause a number of health problems including certain forms of cancer and heart disease. A walk through nature will help keep you fit and improve your enjoyment of life. A recent study showed that walking in pleasant outdoor spaces both lowered stress and improved mood. It further states that the pathways lined up with trees encourage one to walk farther than one might have otherwise. Plus, the inclines and uneven surfaces like steps and slopes make the heart pump at varying rates, which may be more beneficial than fixed-pace exercise

The place for kids to be outside

Spending time outside and playing with nature is very critical for the children’s growth. Apart from improving hand-eye coordination, it helps the child’s brain to focus better. It also provides opportunities for parents to bond with children, and for children to make new friends in the neighbourhood.

Better air quality

Trees remove a wide variety of pollutants from the air. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and help eliminate toxins. Trees mitigate the greenhouse gas effect by trapping heat, reduce ground-level ozone levels and release life-giving oxygen.

Trees also play an important role in reducing the summer heat in the neighbhourhood. Strategic planting of trees by letting the branches hang over the sidewalk can reduce the temperatures.

Growing useful produce and a place to interact

Themed gardens like the organic ones at Hiranandani Parks in Oragadam, New Chennai can help produce fresh and organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables. It goes a long way in helping residents to eat healthy food and lead a happy lifestyle.