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Our company is able to provide the complete greening ‘envelope’ including green roofs.Ecological surveys .Green roof design. Seed material can be locally provenanced and bulked up or appropriate seed can be sourced from ethical producers. gardens and parks. open water.Project management .Plant supply .Plant installation services . . green walls and ground level planting schemes. Components are sourced within the UK whenever possible and must have a high content of material that has been recycled from previous end product. availability and flexibility. All the plants we use in our extensive green roof systems are grown at our nurseries in Somerset and have undergone rigorous trialling under UK conditions.About our company Blackdown Horticultural Consultants brings more than 40 years experience in horticulture and plant science to the construction industry to create tailor-made greening solutions that enhance building functionality and design.Hydroseeding .Façade greening .Design and consultancy .Maintenance contracts . Plants can be grown to order or selected from a wide range. green walls. Our expertise lies in our ability to guide the architect or client towards achieving their greening design objectives whether they be driven by sustainability. supply and installation . This will be achieved with a variety of design solutions incorporating green roofs. In house production ensures quality. ecological or aesthetic requirements.Ground applications Complete greening solutions Sustainability is a key factor in the design of our systems. Through research and trials we aim to both maximise the environmental benefit of green roof technology whilst minimising the environmental impact of component supply and installation.Irrigation services . Interlinked green spaces will be at the heart of housing and urban developments in the future. The emphasis will be on increasing biodiversity and improving quality of life in towns and cities. Our greening packages include: . We can also advise on planting schemes that work within the constraints of pre-existing buildings and designs.
Nature Mat®. We always carry a large stock of all the above material all of which can also be contract grown to individual specification. however. They are also experienced in best practice for working on the finished waterproofed surface ensuring that it is not compromised. Tailor-made systems We grow a wide range of plant species suitable for roof planting in the UK. pre-grown to maturity in our fields. Designed to be lightweight and low maintenance. horticulturalists trained in safe on-site working procedure. carry out all plant system installations. our planted roofs are usually naturalistic with the objective of establishing self-sustaining plant communities. We use both open field and controlled environment areas to produce the selected plant material used for our green roof systems. For each of these species we produce plant material in three basic forms: Cuttings and seeds. .Green roofs Blackdown Horticultural Consultants specialises in extensive green roof systems and has been building green roofs in the UK since 1999. Our waterproofing contractors understand the requirements for a green roof and provide high quality waterproofing layers expertly installed. Our design and installation experience encompasses a wide range of roofing systems and we can advise as to the most appropriate solution for your particular project. our own exclusively developed plant system. Our specialist personnel. They can include many types of planting or designed to create habitat: Sedum planting Wildflower and meadow grass Herbaceous perennials Locally provenanced plants Biodiverse or ‘brown roof’ systems Blackdown Horticultural Consultants provides complete packages including waterproofing guaranteed against root penetration and bacterial degradation. Every installation is strategically planned and full method statements specific to each contract are available. our ongoing research and trials programme ensures that we continue to identify plants adapted to the diverse environmental conditions found on UK roof tops. Young ‘Plug’ plants.
Any water that is not retained on the roof is released much more slowly into the drainage system preventing flooding. Water is evaporated from the substrate and plants by the sun. Acoustic performance will vary with the water content of the plant system but sound transmission through an aluminium standing seam roof for example can be reduced by up to 40 percent. Rainwater retained on green roofs in the substrate and drainage layers is taken up by the plants and transported from the root to the leaf where it is lost through the leaf surface. .Why have a green roof ? Installing a green roof goes a small way to replacing the nature destroyed by building. Development results in permeable ground being replaced by impermeable artificial surfaces through which rainwater can not permeate.Stormwater management In many cities around the world it has been recognised that the most significant ecological advantage of roof planting is in stormwater management.Reduced energy consumption Climate change means that it is essential that we vastly reduce the impact of building in terms of energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions into the environment. keeping the water on the roof and returning it to the atmosphere is a cost effective solution.Extended life of the waterproofing The waterproofing under a green roof system is protected from the effects of ultraviolet light. . Since it is difficult to install water containment measures within urban areas where space is at such a premium and ground based storage is expensive. This benefit increases as the plants grow and mass increases. Environmentally relevant . there are plenty of good reasons to incorporate a green roof into the design of a building or to install one on an existing building. As a result the life of waterproofing is prolonged. extremes of temperature and weather. The result is that drainage systems in developed areas are unable to cope with the instant changes in flow rate and volume of stormwater resulting in flooding and water course contamination.a process known as transpiration. . Since green roofs have significant insulation properties. providing warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. Both processes are accelerated by wind disruption.Noise reduction Adding mass to the roof structure by planting enhances acoustic performance of the roof. they can have a huge effect on the way a building performs and should be incorporated into any package aiming to achieve zero or low carbon targets. Some planted roofs in Europe have extended the life of the waterproofing to 70 years or more! . However.
Enhanced photovoltaic performance The photovoltaic (PV) process converts free solar energy directly into electricity. With a collective approach to the issue. timber and stone they can also be constructed to encourage the colonisation of selected plant and animal species. and remove airborne particulate pollutants which are deposited in the substrate. The only universal process that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is photosynthesis. Planting roof tops installed with PVs lowers the ambient temperature thereby increasing the conversion efficiency of the PVs. by careful plant selection and/or inclusion of ‘brown’ roof space. . The result of this is that cities are warmer both day and night than the surrounding countryside. and provide perching and nesting places for birds. This is the chemical reaction by which plants use the sun's energy to combine water and carbon dioxide to make sugars for growth.Space for wildlife A green roof cannot replace a ground-based habitat for the complexity and diversity of species supported.Cleaner air Plants remove atmospheric carbon dioxide and emit oxygen during photosynthesis. Also.. The strong heat sink effects seen on roofs in the UK can be greatly reduced by planting. planting existing roof space would have a very significant and positive effect on air quality and temperatures within our cities. some provision of natural areas for wildlife can be sustained through the use of green roofs. For certain species. trapped on the leaf surfaces of the plant layer and on the moist internal surfaces of the leaf. The advantage of green roofs is that they are undisturbed and free of predators such as the domestic cat. Plants are key in the drive for good sustainable practice . Plants also release water vapour by evaporation or transpiration to humidify the air.Cooler cities The impervious surfaces of cities such as concrete. . green roofs could provide habitat stepping-stones in the city environment where any protected habitat is becoming increasingly island-like in nature. however. Production of some pollutants can be higher and the flushing out of others is reduced as the inflow of clean cool air is reduced by the thermal conditions. They should be viewed as complementary to the maintenance of 'green' corridors for flora and fauna within an urban setting. tarmac and the wide variety of roof surfaces soak up solar energy and reradiate it as heat. . This can have profoundly negative effects on air quality in the city.
grasses and sub-shrubs can all be used within our extensive roof greening systems. . succulents. we believe that loose substrate systems provide a far superior environment for the plants and consequently our systems perform better both in the short. Sedums are not the only plants that will grow on shallow substrates and tolerate harsh roof conditions. They are usually based on a thick soil or substrate layer and require irrigation. Variation in the physical and chemical characteristics and depth of the support courses can also be used to make localised modifications to both the species diversity and the aesthetics of the roof. Our extensive green roof systems incorporate loose growing substrate which means they are inherently heavier and deeper than some substrate-free green roof systems available. are low maintenance and once established need no irrigation. bulbous and rhizomatous plants. self-generating. Extensive green roofs. There are many species of Sedum with a wonderful range of foliage shape and colour. flowering from early summer to autumn. they are lightweight with minimal structural implications for the building. Drainage and water retention layers are designed to establish the correct water dynamics for the plant community. We have come to love our Sedums and grow native. However. Our knowledge of plants allows us to assemble green roof system components to meet their specific needs. herbaceous perennials. drought resistant and capable of withstanding extremes of climate to thrive on relatively shallow substrates. Intensive green roofs are roof gardens and require the intensive management of a ground level garden. Long-term performance The core genus for many extensive green roof systems is Sedum commonly known as stonecrop.and long-term. These are heavy systems and therefore have major structural implications for the building. on the other hand. tend not to be recreational although they can be integrated with intensive systems. Our research has established the importance of correct microecology within the substrate as being key to maintaining long term diversity within the plant layer. Growing substrates are specially formulated to accommodate certain species of plants or to encourage habitation by wildlife. Sedums are eminently suitable for extensive green roofing because they are evergreen. However. This approach ensures the long-term success of our systems. lichens. Based on a relatively thin layer of soil or substrate. These needs are addressed as part of the installation process.Green roof planting Green roofs can be fundamentally divided into two categories. introduced and European species. We have found that mosses. intensive and extensive.
Dry seeding with appropriate seed mixes.its collection. introduction of dead local timber and stones and localised ponding.Ground level site surveys to assess soil type and species present or species that could be supported. plants and invertebrates may also be included. . . environmentally relevant installations with dynamic and long-term performance. . Both specifications should result in naturalistic. Site sub-soil that has been allowed to rest on site during development to allow its colonisation by site specific micro-organisms.Formulation of substrates to reproduce local conditions when necessary. propagation and reintroduction as plug plants or seed. birds and insects.Provenancing of local plant material. It is well drained and has a low nutrient status. creating ponding in some areas by omitting the drainage layer.a ‘brown’ roof is simply a ‘green’ roof with key design critieria. the aim being to reinstate on the roof habitat conducive to colonisation by local species including plants. Biodiversity Our brown roof service includes: . these installations should be multifaceted and should aspire to provide variance across the roof area – particularly for large projects. .Monitoring of roof development following installation and feedback into the design process.Brown roofs Brown roofs are essentially substrate-based roofs aimed at recreating the ecology that was present prior to development of the site. The roof substrate is created from recycled mineral/aggregate material that ideally has an association with the site. ‘Brown’ and ‘green’ roofs are not mutually exclusive . Components are selected and included that will create ‘ground’ conditions as close as possible to those of the undeveloped site. Biodiversity can be encouraged by varying the depth of the substrate across the roof. and providing shelter and perching points for invertebrates and birds by including large flat locally sourced stones and dead native timber. Ideally. .Design and installation of the brown roof system including measures to support local biodiversity such as substrate mounding. .
g. Some e. Large areas of planting can reduce noise levels. and humidify and oxygenate the air. Scramblers such as climbing and rambling roses use thorns or prickles. and a route for wildlife between the ground and habitat on green roofs. Others. Walls are shielded from the degrading effect of ultraviolet light and the space between the façade and vegetation promotes ventilation with cool air being drawn inwards and upwards and warm air vented at the top. By utilising façade greening a strong design element can be introduced which is both beautiful and functional. ivies or climbing hydrangeas support themselves using adhesive suckers or adventitious roots attaching themselves firmly to walls. The use of plants in this way can contribute significantly to local and regional biodiversity targets. such as vines or wisteria. trees or rocks. twine themselves around their support. The greenery provides resting and feeding places for birds. The choice of climbing plant is determined by the local environmental conditions and the design. Climbing patterns and growth rate of plants vary. -Façade protection Vegetation acts as a natural shield against the elements. Support for the plants is provided by the wall or by a training system of wire ropes and rods. . or timber attached to the building. the choice being governed by the growth habit of the plants and the overall weight loading of the greened surface. Leaves shed rainwater away from the walls keeping them dry and helping to prevent the weathering effect of acid rain on stone work. Allowing plants to grow on and up walls extends the natural environment into urban areas taking up little space and bringing with it many benefits: -Interior temperature regulation The air trapped between the vegetation layer and façade acts as an insulating cushion to even out temperature fluctuations and reduce energy costs. supply and install service for green walls termed façade greening. a niche for insects and spiders. -Quality of life The psychological benefits of living and working surrounded by plants are enormous. The green ‘envelope’ Blackdown Horticultural Consultants provides a complete design. The plants used for façade greening are natural climbers or scramblers.Green walls Modern cities provide enormous areas of wall space much of which could be covered with plants. or use leaf stems (clematis) or tendrils (grape vines or passion flowers) that coil around the support structure.
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