As concerns about climate change, pollution and dwindling natural resources grow, the trend for urban greening is becoming increasingly popular with property developers, particularly in London.
Reports suggest that the UK’s green roof market is growing at a rate of 17% each year and, in the latest figures, 42% of that market was within London itself. This growth has undoubtedly stemmed from the Living Roofs and Walls Policy which was first introduced in 2008 and supported by the Mayor of London. Considering there are no mandatory regulations or financial incentives in place, such significant growth is a testament to the benefits of living roofs and walls in themselves.
These benefits include savings in energy costs, lowering the risks from floods, creating habitats for wildlife, improving health and wellbeing, and reducing air pollution and urban heat. Some are even producing food!
At Valley Provincial, with our long-established background in landscaping, we have developed our own specialist expertise in the construction of Living Roofs. We have earnt, too, a distinguished reputation as a major contributor to the progress of urban greening. And, as its wide-ranging benefits are recognised more and more, and climate concerns deepen, this journey towards a greener tomorrow is set to continue.