The Wolverhampton-based nursery, which says it is the only one to produce and supply both traditional nursery and green roof planting stock, has included updated guidance on BREEAM suitable stock and an extended range of the SkyPlugs range from Boningale GreenSky, the company’s award-winning department that specialises in plants and substrates for green roofs.
The company won the Best Business Innovation award for its online selector tool in the UK Grower Awards 2014 which took place in February. It also supplied plants to five BALI National Landscape Awards national winners this year.Working with BREEAM accredited ecologists, Boningale horticulturists first devised the catalogue to help contractors and specifiers plan their landscaping more effectively. It sets out hundreds of approved plant species and varieties that encourage ecological diversity and attract myriad wildlife to new-build sites and green urban spaces, including green roofs.
The catalogue lists the native and common name of each plant and which birds, animals or insects are likely to benefit from the planting of each species. This is backed by drawing on evidence gathered in Sheffield University’s Biodiversity in Gardens (BUGS) study and the Database of Insects and their Food Plans (DBIF) research by the Biological Records Centre, and if the plants are recommended by authoritative sources Natural England and the RSPB.
Boningale sales director Frank Sandford said the company originally produced the catalogue because of the increasing number of requests from contractors who were part way through a project or close to completion and were faced with last-minute changes to a BREEAM design project and needed immediate help.
"There often isn’t much time to consult the architect, landscape architect or ecologist," said Frank. "Instead, they call on our expertise to offer a proactive solution to the issue."
"This catalogue has therefore proved very popular because it offers at a glance plants that will work and that ecologists are more likely to reward BREEAM credits against. This should alleviate a lot of the research time needed for busy contractors."
"This is especially important if other areas of the physical building have not fully achieved the expected credit rating; an ecologically planted landscape could give the extra credits required to meet the shortfall," added Frank. The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) also offers credits for effective planting.
For further information or to order a copy of the new Plants for Wildlife catalogue visit www.boningale.co.uk.