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Small changes are a big help to the environment

Monday, 12 October 2015 09:38:28 Europe/London

Small changes that make a big difference to the environment

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The environment needs our love and protection if we want it to keep providing us with the bounty it does; the air we breathe, the food we eat and the fuel that powers our homes. The easiest way for you to reduce your environmental impact is by making small changes in your life - if enough people make a small change it can have a big impact.

Ditch the car

Don't ditch the car all the time - we know it's convenient when it's cold or wet, or you need to get somewhere in a real hurry. Just think about swapping it for a bike or your trusty two feet for smaller trips - walk the kids to school or cycle to the gym.  Not only will it save you fuel money, it'll do wonders for your fitness and wellbeing.

girl walking along the street

Try walking instead of driving.  You'll save money, help ease pollution and improve your own wellbeing

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Unplug your devices

Did you know that TVs and phone chargers are often using energy when they're plugged in but not in use? Turning them off is a small thing you can do to help keep our planet healthy - and it could help you to spend a bit less on your energy bills too!

 electrical charger

Unplug chargers when not in use, you'd be surprised at how much energy they use

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Buy local

Do you know how far your food has traveled? Eating out of season means that your green beans could have come from South Africa, or your asparagus could have journeyed from Israel, a process that puts lots of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. By shopping at local farm shops and markets you can help to reduce the air miles on your meals - it's quick and easy!

father and daughter choosing veg in a farm shop

Locally grown food is low in carbon footprint and by buying from a farm shop you'll be helping local business to thrive

Make your garden wildlife-friendly

There are plenty of ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife and help to preserve our natural diversity, from bird boxes to compost heaps. Consider installing a green roof to increase the natural environment available for birds and bugs to make use of - a living roof is also a great way to add extra insulation to your building, reducing the amount of energy that's wasted in heating your home and bringing down your energy bills - it's the best of all worlds!

Wildflower meadows and living green roofs are great for wildlife


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What do sedums look like in October?

Friday, 9 October 2015 11:36:31 Europe/London

How does autumn affect the plants on your living green roof and what should you be doing in terms of green roof maintenance?  Enviromat's Angela Lambert answers the question.

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Top Ten Green Roof Plants

Friday, 2 October 2015 08:21:52 Europe/London

Top ten green roof plants

Increasingly, many of us are starting to recognise the benefits of creating a green roof. Easy to maintain and stunningly attractive, a green roof also supports abundant wildlife and can even have an insulating effect on a structure.

Green roof plants need to be chosen with care, however, as not all plants are suitable for growing in this way. When choosing plants for a green roof, they need to be able to withstand wind and frost, be drought-resistant, tolerate living in poor soil, and be maintenance-free. Green roof plants should also be attractive and offer food and shelter for wildlife. With all this in mind, here are ten of the best green roof plants to choose from.

Gold sedum - Sedum Kamtschaticum

sedum kamtschaticum flowers

A honeybee enjoys feeding from the flowers of Sedum kamtschaticum

Sedums are one of the star plants for creating a green roof, and a sedum roof needs no extra growing medium. As well as affording excellent ground cover, this hardy, easy-to-maintain plant grows happily in a shallow layer of substrate, minimising the amount of pressure it puts on a structure. The gold sedum produces stunning yellow flowers that attract insects and will light up any roof.

White stonecrop - Sedum album

Sedum album

When viewed en-mass, the flowers of Sedum album look like swathes of candyfloss

Hardy and easy to grow, this sedum is a mass of mat-like stems and leaves, producing eye-catching, star-shaped white flowers in summer. Thriving in thin, dry soil, white stonecrop needs little maintenance, making it a perfect choice for a sedum roof. Growing low to the ground it offers excellent cover, insulating a roof and providing food and shelter for wildlife.

Widow's cross - Sedum pulchellum

 sedum pulchellum

Sedum pulchellum flower head is made up of lots of tiny pink star-shaped flowers

In conditions where many other plants perish, the widow's cross thrives. Incredibly hardy, this drought-resistant sedum is a favourite for any green roof. With its delicate pink and lime green flowers, this intensely attractive, wildlife-friendly plant brings a sedum roof alive with colour throughout spring and summer.

Meadow saxifrage - Saxifraga granulata

 meadow saxifrage flower

The snowy white flowers of Meadow saxifrage appear early in the year.

From April until June, this perennial plant is covered in snow-white blooms. The green, kidney-shaped leaves contrast with the white of the flowers, creating a stunning visual display. Growing up to 50cm, meadow saxifrage provides volume to a green roof, and contrasts beautifully with low-growing plants. Preferring full sun and well-drained soil, this grassland plant is rich in nectar and pollen, so offers plenty of food for bees.

Two row stonecrop - Sedum spurium

sedum spurium

This bumblebee is feeding from Sedum spurium.  A lovely flower that blooms from late summer into autumn

Thriving in well-drained, poor soil, the two row stonecrop is a tough ground cover plant, perfect for a sedum roof. With a mass of green succulent leaves, the plant produces clusters of star-shaped flowers in vivid pink and red throughout summer. Succulent leaves retain water, so this plant offers excellent fire protection for a rooftop compared to grass covers.

Birdsfoot trefoil

birdsfoot trefoil

Birdsfoot trefoil.  A native wildflower that is invaluable for bees

Often found growing in lawns, this low-lying plant is part of the pea family and produces a mass of yellow flowers in summer, which then develop into seedpods. Ideal as a green roof plant, birdsfoot trefoil is rich in pollen, so a favourite for bees and butterflies.


house leek

Often found living in pots indoors, Sempervivums or houseleeks are surprisingly hardy and ideal for green roofing

Also known as sempervivums, these evergreen, alpine plants are incredibly hardy and can even survive growing in bricks or rocks. Ideal for a green roof, houseleeks are eye catching, with their mass of rosettes and spiral foliage bearing attractive flowers in summer. There are many varieties of houseleek, with the cobweb species being one of the most popular.


yarrow and other wildflowers

pinky-white yarrow flowers growing amongst lady's bedstraw and maiden pinks

Easy to please and sweet-smelling, yarrow produces clumps of white or pink flowers and is a favourite choice for a green roof. Attractive to wildlife, yarrow has medicinal properties and can be eaten. When choosing a wildflower such as yarrow for your green roof, bear in mind that you may need at least 100mm of growing medium to support it, which can increase the weight. Wildflowers may also need watering during dry spells.

Sea thrift

sea thrift growing on a cliff

Sea thrift, seen here growing on a cliff top, is well adapted to the harsh conditions of a green roof

Often found in coastal areas and favouring dry, sandy soils, sea thrift is well suited as a green roof plant. A grassy plant producing long stems of pink or white flowers in summer, at its prime sea thrift can look stunning growing on a roof.


wild marjoram (oregano) flowers

Mediterannean herbs are usually well suited to the conditions on a green roof

Found growing throughout the Mediterranean, oregano thrives in well-drained soil and requires little maintenance. Used on a green roof, it can add new meaning to creating a herb garden. Providing excellent ground cover, it produces attractive pollen-rich flowers that insects adore.

Two green-roofing products that make planting easy

Many of the plants featured in this article appear either in Enviromat sedum matting or in Meadowmat Roofmeadow.  Click on the links below to find out more about these easy-to-install vegetation blankets or watch our video on how to make a green roof with Enviromat sedum matting.

More about Enviromat sedum matting

More about Meadowmat wildflower blankets for green roofing


How to make a green roof with sedum matting


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Shopping centre gets world's largest green roof

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:32:17 Europe/London

A shopping mall in the US could provide a blueprint for the UK’s biggest shopping centres with the world’s largest green roof that will effectively turn it into a public park.

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UK Companies embrace green roof benefits

Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:35:55 Europe/London

Green roofing is becoming more widely used by UK businesses.  It's not just about financial gain - a green roof can drastically reduce fuel bills, it's also about blending buildings into the landscape and improving eco-credentials.

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Turn your roof into a garden with sedum matting

Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:39:31 Europe/London

If you would like more greenery around your home, but you don't have a very big garden, you could turn the roof of your home or garden shed into a green space that will benefit you and your environment.

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Reduce your property's environmental impact

Friday, 4 September 2015 08:39:06 Europe/London

Surrounding your property with living plants is a fabulous and rewarding way to offset carbon emissions and reduce its environmental impact.  Here is some inspiration for you.

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Installing and maintaining a living roof

Monday, 24 August 2015 11:56:05 Europe/London

by adding an eco-roof, you will double the lifespan of your roof and contribute to alleviating environmental problems such as flooding as the green roof reduces run-off by at least 50%. As you can imagine, the larger your building, the bigger the effect it will have on local flooding relief, enhancing your green credentials in your community

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Sedum roofs are used internationally for pollinators

Monday, 17 August 2015 12:41:52 Europe/London

The vision of the UK government's National Strategy for Pollinators is to "see pollinators thrive, so that they can carry out their essential service to people of pollinating flowers and crops, while providing other benefits for our native plants, the wider environment and food production for all of us."  In this blogpost we examine ways in which sedum green roofs can help to do just that.

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Five green roof myths - busted

Monday, 10 August 2015 10:03:53 Europe/London

More and more people across the country are embracing green roofs. This is great for the environment, as well as the aesthetic of urban spaces; but with the uptake in popularity, certain myths have emerged that we’d like to debunk. Here are five green roof myths, busted:

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