Intensive Green Roofs
Intensive Green Roofs And The Wildlife Garden
Intensive green roofs start off as a bland roof and emerge as exciting wildlife friendly roof gardens. A real garden on a roof.
This is a transformation that is occurring the world over from Toronto to Tokyo. Simple sedum plants and full grown trees along with wildflower mixes are used to create rooftop gardens with habitats that attract and sustain local wildlife.
And for we lowly humans were given a greater sense of well being along with environmental and financial benefits.
This broad variety of plants that can be used is because this system has soil depths up to 300cm which allows a greater
range of plants.
Shrubs and trees along with grasses and wildflowers.
As would be expected this requires high maintenance.
Extensive And Intensive Green Roofs
Both the Extensive and Intensive are now being included in several incentives designed to solve various environmental issues.
For instance they are included in integrated strategies to reduce buildings energy use which in many cities is greater in the summertime owing to the increased demand for Air conditioning.
As well they are an integral part of many authorities efforts to reduce storm-water run off from new developments with the
view to reducing flooding from heavy rainfall.
Often these new developments can cause loss of habitats beneficial to wildlife which thankfully can be compensated
by the creation of more greenroofs.
These in many ways reflect the habitat that progressively developed on so called barren Brown Field sites which in reality proved to be havens for a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
These abandoned sites could in many instances be
described as an oasis in a barren wildlife landscape.
Intensive green roofs can take on and enhance the
important role these places provide for local wildlife.
UK Greenroofs Developement?
At the present UK greenroofs may seem to be trailing other countries in Europe as well as the USA but if things continue as they are and green roof research centers such as the Green Roof Center at Sheffield University have their way, rapid progress will continue to be made.
The fact that there is an increase in green roof companies that
are becoming more active in the Uk shows that there must be a growing market for them to promote their green roof systems.
The Rooftop Garden
Small to medium extensive green roof projects can be achieved by most able DIY experts, but intensive green roofs do require expert professional advice from planning right through to installation when desiring to create a rooftop garden.
Best advice is to talk and listen to one of these specialized companies before embarking on a project this size.
Extensive and intensive green roofs are it seems here to stay and for the urban dweller both can help improve their quality of life in many ways, with the phrase urban dweller we include the local wildlife along with the human population.