Green RoofSustainable Design

Using a low impact approach we specialise in sustainable design solutions… Green Roofs, Reed Bed Systems for Waste Water Treatment, Wildflower Meadows, Pond and Wetland Creation, Traditional Orchard Creation.

Integration with landscapes and ecosystems

Gardens and landscapes can contribute to the biodiversity of an area and the creation of habitats that include the indigenous species of an area is key to how gardens can blend in with the surrounding landscape.

Wildflower MeadowsAllerton-wild-meadow

We have experience of wildflower meadows in a variety of contexts. We have specified meadows for coastal habitats and poorly drained pasture for example. The type of habitat and soil will affect the species chosen. We try to source seed with as local a provenance as possible.

Orchards

We have experience in orchard creation. Whether in the initial choice of cultivars and rootstock or the planting and formative pruning that is involved in creating a beautiful and productive orchard.

Pondswildlife pond with UK native species

We offer a pond design service that offers specification and design of the pond itself as well as the planting and subsequent management of the pond.

Sustainable Materials

Wherever possible we aim to use materials that have low embedded energy and are sourced as locally as possible.

Hard Surfaces

Use of reclaimed stone or locally sourced stone wherever possible.

Timber

Use of reclaimed timber wherever possible. Where this is not possible we would use naturally rot resistant timber- e.g. oak, western red cedar or chestnut. If we do use treated wood, it would be lower toxicity treated wood – eg. Tanalith E. We use FSC certified timber.

Planting

Use of plants of from UK nursery stock, and avoidance of specifying peat containing soil improvers.

Green Roofs

We offer a comprehensive green roof design service. Green roofs can add another dimension to a garden and can be a valuable biodiverse habitat. They can confer the benefits of better insulation, especially keeping buildings cooler in the summer, as well as reducing rainwater run off. If the green roof is to be applied to an existing building such a a garden shed it will often need reinforcing to take the weight of the growing medium when it is saturated with water and to allow maintenance of the green roof. Green roofs can be classified according to the depth of soil and the consequent diversity of planting that is possible.
These are designed to be virtually self sustaining and can vary in the diversity of planting that is possible.

  • Lightweight sedum blanket: these are the least demanding and essentially just requires rolling out a proprietary sedum blanket over a waterproofed/ reinforced roof
  • Low maintenance meadow roof: this is midway between the sedum blanket type and the biodiverse roof. More diverse planting is possible in a deeper planting layer (3 or so inches)
  • Biodiverse roof: this type of roof ( 5-8 inch thick growing layer) can accommodate a wide range of species and can managed like a wildflower meadow.

Reed Bed Drainage Systems

These systems are an alternative to conventional septic tank soakaways and can be an attractive, biologically diverse feature in the garden. They provide secondary and tertiary treatment to effluent from septic tanks and purify water by oxidising ammonia and removing nitrates and some phosphates