A green roof screams sustainability and this offers a number of benefits to the environment and to your image.Read More
Friday, 27 November 2015 12:05:53 Europe/London
Monday, 23 November 2015 11:03:59 Europe/London
Does your business need a PR lift? If you want to improve your environmental image - a green roof is a great investmentRead More
Monday, 16 November 2015 12:05:29 Europe/London
Why green roofing is the perfect roofing solution for your glamping site
The so called ‘glamping’(or glamourous camping) market has sky rocketed in recent years in accordance with the rising popularity of ‘staycations’. Said to be driven by the millennials or ‘Generation Y’ who seek out more natural and unique experiences, the glamping phenomenon has become increasingly popular and proves to be a shrewd investment for land owners.
Attracting a demographic that is keen to be at one with nature, while wanting a few more home comforts, the green roofing phenomenon offers the perfect roofing solution for any budding glamping site owner.
3 reasons why an eco-roof is a smart move for your glamping site plans:
1. Environmentally friendly
If you’re thinking of setting up your own glamping site or if you’re converting an unused shed, treehouse or summer house into a luxury haven, the sedum roof can offer the perfect environmentally- friendly roofing solution. What’s more, your potential glamping guests will enjoy the fact that their room for the night also offers a refuge for the endangered honey bee and other vital pollinators.
A living green roof on the office or service building of your glamping site offers great PR as well as a whole host of environmental benefits
2. Cost effective
In the winter months, a sedum roof can reduce heating costs by up to 23% while in summer months, a green roof can also reduce the need for air conditioning by up to 75%. Providing both heat and sound insulation, the green roof minimises the costs of heating while reducing the need for investment in other heat-retention instalments such as double glazing or extra construction work.
3. Easy installation and maintenance
Installing Enviromat is quick and easy, but we can also offer a bespoke installation service to help get you started. Sedums have been dubbed ‘the ideal plant for the busy person’ which means they offer the perfect roofing solution for any glamping site or structure as it enables you to leave your guests in peace throughout their stay, without worrying about watering and maintenance.
The sedum roof on this garden office was installed in just a couple of hours
For more information on our installation service or to download our free green roof installation guide visit the 'Installation' page of the website.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:07:58 Europe/London
How a living green roof can help to keep heating and air conditioning costs down.Read More
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:57:19 Europe/London
Living green roofs are in no way a modern invention, in fact they're an improved version of a truly ancient concept. Find out more about the history and culture of green roofs in this blogpost from Daniel MackayRead More
Monday, 19 October 2015 10:16:28 Europe/London
Children are fascinated by nature so why not inspire them to protect the planet by creating more wildlife-friendly places for them to study and enjoy local ecosystems. Green roofs in schools, whether they be as large as the whole roof or as small as a bird feeder can add an extra dimension to education.Read More
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:38:28 Europe/London
Small changes that make a big difference to the environment
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.
Try walking instead of driving. You'll save money, help ease pollution and improve your own wellbeing
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!
Unplug chargers when not in use, you'd be surprised at how much energy they use
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!
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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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.Read More
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
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
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 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
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
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. 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
How to make a green roof with sedum matting
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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.Read More