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The Northern forest and cities with glades in the sky

The Northern forest and cities with glades in the sky

The Northern Forest in cities should not just be about trees. In fact #gladesinthesky should be an important part of the urban forest concept. In other words, the urban forest needs green roofs too.     The Northern Forest – green roofs From Hull to Liverpool, the proposed Northern Forest has a many an urban centre. Whilst…

Blue roofs or green roofs or both together store water?

Blue roofs or green roofs or both together store water?

Do blue roofs or a green roofs store water and reduce run off? A few weeks ago we ran our #greenroofpoll No 3. The blue-green roof theme. The twitpoll aimed to establish a snapshot of people’s understanding of the concept of blue roofs.  In fact, most voting in the poll – supported on twitter by CIRIA and…

Wild bees a buzz in Vienna – new research on bees and green roofs

Wild bees a buzz in Vienna – new research on bees and green roofs

Green roofs heed to offer high flower abundance from spring through to autumn. Whilst sedum species are the ‘work horse’ of green roofs, they do have a limited flowering period. There is a need, therefore, to increase the wildflower diversity on green roofs. This is one of the key findings of new research in Vienna…

Green performance or green in colour – the second green roof poll

greenroofpoll 2

Green performance may well not mean green roofs are green all the time. And the results of our second green roof poll suggest that most respondents understand this. There is a misconception sometimes that a green roof has to be green all the time. Most landscapes in Northern climes are not permanently green. So why…

Green roof poll 1 – do the public think nature or engineering

Green roof poll 1 – do the public think nature or engineering

Do the public think green roofs are about nature or engineering? This question launched our first green roof poll of 2018. The clear answer is the public think green roofs are about nature. Of course a simple perceptual question doesn’t drill down to a granular level. It does, however, present give a taste, in the…

A green roof solar boost –  and a boost for nature too

A green roof solar boost – and a boost for nature too

Do green roofs provide a solar boost? New research in Kansas certainly suggest they do. Whilst a boost to energy is important, the biosolar approach should also boost nature. New research in London does just that.   Green roof solar boost research A solar panel is most efficient when the ambient temperature is around 25°C.…