Rising value of green roofs adding benefits

This summer saw the launch of HW's Landscape4Places campaign designed to highlight the crucial role of landscaping in creating places truly valued by those who work, live and play there.

To date we have highlighted a diverse range of schemes on our campaign hub (www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk/landscape-for-places), from the communal gardens and public open spaces wowing local residents at Bath Western Riverside to the inspirational Eastside City Park, a catalyst for regeneration in Birmingham.

As we turn to the issue of vital green roofs being created above our cities, British Land sustainable developments executive Sarah Cary tells us how, after initial scepticism, the property giant now markets its green roofs. "Occupiers like the visual interest and people like having the space outdoors. They're one of our key selling points." That's aside from the significant biodiversity value, while new research says employees given a 40-second glimpse of a green roof performed better in some basic tests. Food for thought.

One-litre 'grow your own' trend

The next big trend in grow your own? Alton Garden Centre director Andy Bunker tells Matthew Appleby that £2.99 one-litre young vegetable plants from Parkers, Merediths and Farplants have been a sales feature of 2015, as customers caught up after the cold start to the season. It could be a trend that's here to stay. New-build gardens often have vegetable plots installed and owners like the shortcut that a one-litre product provides, Bunker notes. Meanwhile, perennial fruit and vegetable crops now form the backbone of many vegetable plots because they cut work for busy garden owners.

- kate.lowe@haymarket.com

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