Meet The Scientist - Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui
BBC Wildlife|Spring 2021
Well-being fellow, Royal Horticultural Society and postdoctoral researcher, University of Sheffield
Jo Caird

You would think that people would jump at the chance to have someone plant up their front garden in exchange for filling in a few questionnaires and sending off some saliva samples. But when geographer Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui began recruiting Salford residents for her study into the impact of front gardens on health and well-being, she found the exact opposite to be the case.

“I knocked on a lot of doors – I think it was about 300. A lot of people told me to go away,” she says.

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