MSP backs green roof promotional project

An MSP has backed a project by Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and charity Buglife to encourage businesses to install green roofs on their premises.

Angus MacDonald, the MSP for Falkirk East helped to launch the Glorious Green Roofs project at a special event hosted by chemical manufacturer CalaChem in Grangemouth on Monday.

Representatives from local industries, businesses, local authorities, public bodies and charities attended the launch, where they heard about the multiple benefits of green roofs from industry experts.

The project has funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, which pays for some installation costs.

Buglife’s Clare Dinham, who has worked on green roofs on the Victoria & Albert Museum, London’s Transport Building, and Barclays Bank HQ, described how green roofs can provide vital habitat for some of our most endangered invertebrates.

Chris Langton and Richard Aldred, of green roof contractor Bauder UK, outlined the technical aspects of installation and the benefits green roofs can bring to businesses, including financial savings, lower carbon emissions, and longer roof-life.

Macdonald said: "I encourage industry in Grangemouth to get on board with the Green Roofs project. It provides an holistic environmental and industrial approach and makes the industrial complexes better looking and a nicer places to work."

Buglife’s Suzanne Bairner said the charity was delighted with the response to the event.

"Installing a green roof can be a win-win for business and wildlife, so it’s great that we have so much local support for the project," she said.

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