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Plants@work celebrates 20 years of success

on Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in News

 Plants@work Ltd, formerly efig Ltd, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 22 February.
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The organisation was formed to offer one voice to speak for the interior landscaping industry as a whole and to promote the many benefits of plants in the workplace in particular.
The Association’s first Chairman, Steve Atrill then of Rentokil/Ambius now of Flora-tec explained, “Prompted by a media outcry about the fit-out costs of Portcullis House including the installation of 12 large Ficus trees in the atrium, a group of businesses in the interior landscape industry lead by Tony Sawyer of Clarks and Spears, now Livingreen Design, came together to form the Association.
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Steve Atrill of Flora-tec, first Chair of efig/plants@work
“The cost of the trees at Portcullis House was considered astronomical and the trees were seen as purely decorative for the MP's new home. A case of government over-spending for their own. Several spoke out about the benefits the trees offered. 
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One of the press reports from 2001
“This was the incentive that encouraged us to form an official body to speak out on
behalf of the industry. Since then the organisation has gone on not only to fulfil its original plan but to cement an association to support the industry in many ways.”
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Federation's first logo
An on-going cause
Over the years plants@work has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of our need for plants both inside and outside and the many benefits that they bring to businesses and to the health of employers and employees. This has meant responding to government and the media when plants have not been recognised for their many qualities beyond pure aesthetics.
In recent years, the popularity of houseplants and the rise of interest in biophilia have made this a little easier.
Building strong support for members
Over the 20 years, the association has developed a good basis for members too from training programmes, exhibitions and conferences, seminar programmes, prestigious annual Leaf Awards and much more.
The current chair of plants@work, Madeleine Evans of Indoor Garden Design explains, “
"Last year wasn’t easy for our members but we kept them all informed of what was going on in the industry generally plus we had several Zoom social meetings as well as official meetings including our AGM.
Madeleine Evans of Indoor Garden Design, plants@work current Chair
“Last year’s Awards ceremony was also held virtually via Zoom; this was a great success with a bumper crop of strong entries.
“This year we hope that we will be able to meet up in person later in the year to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. However, we won’t let the pandemic stop our celebrations as we have several events planned for the year which will be held one way or another.
“Some of our plans include the publication of ‘Plants for Wellbeing 2’, a conference for our members, a series of interviews with past Chairs about interior landscaping industry issues, plus a series of monthly special weeks on social media promoting different aspects of our industry which have already been launched plus much more.
“Last year our industry faced unprecedented challenges and I am looking forward to taking the Association into our next 20 years where plants are going to become a necessary and permanent fixture of each workspace, hospitality venue, home and public space. We are here to carry on our mission of promoting plants and their many benefits to us all.” 
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