Expert calls for simple approach to urban greening

Encouraging biodiversity in public spaces needs to be "simple and easy maintenance", Sheffield university landscape department senior lecturer Nigel Dunnett said at the Museum of Garden History's recent symposium on ethical gardening.

Dunnett told delegates that if urban greening is not loved by local people it is not sustainable.

In his speech, Dunnett advocated the use of wildflower mixes to create urban meadows as one way to help increase biodiversity. He said of the 300 people he had surveyed, most preferred the meadows to traditional bedding displays because they "change constantly".

Dunnett also called for more green roofs and rain gardens - depressions in the ground to hold rainwater.

He said the campaign for more biodiversity had opened up the world of garden design to commercial land, including the use of public car park strips to catch rainwater run off.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Tractors - Maintenance models

Tractors - Maintenance models

The tractors chosen by professionals across the sector reflect the best features, backup and support on offer, says Sally Drury.

Guide to Glee 2017

Guide to Glee 2017

A vast array of new garden products will be displayed at this year's show. Matthew Appleby previews what visitors can expect to see.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer