Black redstarts, a story of renewal – green roof birds 1

Black redstarts, a story of renewal – green roof birds 1

The black redstart is synonymous with green roofs for me. Importantly, the story of the black redstart is a story of renewal. It is a story of colonising destroyed and forgotten parts of London. A story of moving on as the approach to urban landscape develops. It is a...
Wetlands, Rain Gardens and PDX summit

Wetlands, Rain Gardens and PDX summit

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking  Amy Chomowicz from Portland (PDX) onto the wetland green roof at the V&A museum. Amy Chomowicz from PDX on the V&A wetland roof London A rain garden on a roof Rain water pours off the lead roofs either side and is...
Health and Wellbeing – Green Cities

Health and Wellbeing – Green Cities

Health and wellbeing, as an issue in cities, is becoming an increasingly important agenda. I took the picture below last year in Paris. I have visited this street several times over the last five years. Paris is a relatively ungreen city compared to say London or...
Green wall at Sihl City – Zurich

Green wall at Sihl City – Zurich

Although on our annual green roof tour of Switzerland, we noticed this excellent green wall on the Sihl City complex in Zurich. Nothing complicated – just about five species of different climbers using a Jakob steel system. The wall is five years old and will confound...
Cordoba, Spain – Rain Gardens

Cordoba, Spain – Rain Gardens

It is 20 years since I visited Cordoba in Spain, though I have been a regular visitor to Andalusia and Extremadura since on bird watching trips. My good friend and colleague recently visited the Grand Mosque and noticed these excellent examples of rain gardens built...

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