Access to nature is key to human wellbeing, and even more so in cities. This
article by Oliver Burkeman in the Guardian really hits the nail on the head so we are reposting.

In short, research shows that if one can’t get into a natural environment, even looking at
photographs of it has physiological and psychological benefits. Views out of a window or
even having pot plants on your desk and natural daylight flooding your office have
similar benefits. He reports that patients in hospitals with a view of the outdoors get
discharged earlier than those with no views, and call centre workers are 6-12 percent
more productive if they have a view of vegetation. One line of thought credits these
benefits to ‘Biophilia’, which was put forward by E.O. Wilson as ‘the innately emotional
affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. Life around us exceeds in
complexity and beauty anything else humanity is ever likely to encounter (E.O. Wilson,
1984. Biophilia: The Human Bond with Other Species. Cambridge: Harvard University