Boningale supplies 7,000 SkyPlugs for new Center Parcs resort green roof

Boningale Nurseries has revealed that it supplied more than 7,000 SkyPlugs plants for a sustainable green roof at Center Parcs' newest resort.

The Center Parcs green roof
The Center Parcs green roof

The green roof is located on the top of the Pancake House, one of the restaurants at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, which opened this summer.

The Albrighton, Shropshire-based nursery was asked by green roofing installers ABG to supply its SkyPlugs product – robust plant plugs that Boningale Greensky, its green roof division, has developed specifically for green roofs – for the 353 m2 roof space.

Boningale provided nine different species of sedum, each of which has a strong and developed rootball and is grown in the Boningale GreenSky substrate, a growing medium that is tailored to suit the environment in which the plants are being grown.

Manager of Boningale GreenSky Maggie Fennell said the green roof would benefit the local environment, would be long-lasting and be visually stunning for years to come with minimal maintenance. 

"Using a mix of plants, rather than planting large numbers of a single species improves the roof’s performance by making it more resilient to changing weather patterns year on year. We also selected nine varieties with different foliage and flower colours that would look fantastic before the site was ready to open to the public," she said.

"They established themselves in the roof substrate very quickly and the roots spread into the substrate to ensure the plants will grow healthily without ongoing requirement for regular watering and feeding."

The living roof had to conform to a range of environmental initiatives and also provide maximum value for money.

Boningale GreenSky was highly commended at this year's UK Grower Awards in the Best Business Innovation category.

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