Glorious Green Roofs
Through this project, Buglife is working with local major industries to create a network of green roofs at industrial sites, predominantly in Grangemouth, but potentially further afield around the IFLI area. We aim to help people to understand the importance of green roofs for invertebrates and other wildlife, how green roofs can benefit the building, and how they can support local and rare species including Local Biodiversity Action Plan priority species.
The project began with an event kindly hosted by Calachem and supported by Angus Macdonald, MSP for Falkirk East (left, welcoming people to the event), to promote the benefits of green roofs to businesses, and answer any concerns that site managers may have regarding suitability and maintenance. A miniature, 'portable' sedum roof model was created and generously donated by green roof specialist Bauder, which provided a small-scale demonstration of what can be achieved.
The first green roof was installed at one of Grangemouth's key industrial sites, owned by Calachem in May 2016 (right). Almost 60 different species of wildflower, herbs and grasses have been planted onto the 143m2 roof at the premises, where they will not only attract a wide range of butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and other invertebrates, but also give staff a boost thanks to the colour and life they will bring to the site. Calachem has been very supportive of the project, and our thanks go to them for being the first to host a brand new green roof on their site. A second green roof is being installed on the newly constructed Carrongrange ASN school in Grangemouth (below), and will be in place for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The green roofs will act as a stepping stone for wildlife across Grangemouth, allowing species that rely on green corridors to move and mix. Green roofs also provide a number of benefits to a building itself by improving insulation in the winter and providing cooling in the summer, as well as reducing noise pollution and increasing the lifespan of the roof. So everyone wins!
We aim to work with local industry to create up to 200m² of green roof space that will act as habitat stepping stones featuring wildflowers, wood piles, ponds and bug ‘hotels’.
For more information about how green roofs can benefit your building please refer to the attached leaflet to the right.
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