Tucked away on the resources section of the Building Green website is a broken link that tells the story of how this group came about.
London Ecology Unit published a highly influential book in 1993 called ‘Building Green – A guide to using plants on roofs, walls and pavements’. It was a prescient tome – heralding techniques and approaches from across Europe and the world that came established only years later in the UK, Building Green was a systemic, ecological approach to urban nature. It became the name of our community group.
When at the Greater London Authority, I created an electronic version of the out of print manuscript – the broken link referred to. Well, here it is in all its free, downloadable glory. Go crazy.
Johnstone and Newton – Building Green
In particular note the appendices which list plants for different locations – walls of different aspects, balconies, roofs etc. Check it out, it’s great – all credit to the originators Jacklyn Johnston and John Newton.
Happy green roofers – with Building Green and Organic Roofs
Building Green and Organic Roofs hosted another crew of enthusiastic eco warriors in May, on the green roof training course we run with Brighton Permaculture Trust.
We had talks, project consultancy, green roofed bird house building, and tours of Madeira Drive historic green wall, Crew Club wildflower green roof and Level Cafe green roof in the centre of town.
Here are some pictures – they speak for themselves!
We are planning something even bigger and better next time, so watch this space.
Talks at Organic Roofs HQ
Making bird houses with green roofs, to understand hands on the components of green roofing
Completed bird houses and proud people!
Learning about green roofs in the flesh – the good and the less good
Learning about green walls – Madeira Drive’s historic green wall
Hurry to grab one of the final places on this weekend’s Green Roof course, led by Building Green and Organic Roofs with Brighton Permaculture Trust.
Learn the why and what, and practice the how by making your very own green roofed bird box to take away. Enjoy the harbourside location in Shoreham and view the green roof lab and installations there. Question the experts, and use the opportunity to get some consultancy on your project. Visit some inspirational sites in Brighton & Hove to get you fired up for ‘doing it yourself’ this year!
We will also cover green walls – and can tailor the content of the teaching to your needs.
This is the 10th year of the course, and always popular. Bookings can be made through the Brighton Permaculture Trust here.
Building Green DIY Green Roof workshoppers taking a tour of the Velo Cafe, Brighton
Building Green DIY Green Roof workshop crew hearing about the special green wall at Madeira Drive, Brighton
Happy course participant with their green roofed bird box
Course participants DIY-ing their bird boxes
James Farrell, course tutor, talking participants through a container green roof at Organic Roofs HQ
Lee Evans, course tutor, talking participants through the benefits and technical aspects of green roofing at Organic Roofs HQ
Happy green roofer with the green roofed bird box we built on the Building Green DIY weekend
Restored terrace with cafe and shop pods underneath – like Victoria bathing machines these could be established in a space in front of the terraces to be used before the structure is made safe, and wheeled under the arches in due course
Bike shed with green roof
The ‘chalk downland’ green roofs of the Crew Club community centre, Whitehawk, Brighton
Whitehawk home – carefully grown and tended ivy as a home for wildlife and attractive front garden. Brighton
Get ready to build your own green roof!
There are some spaces still available on our Green Roof DIY weekend – 13 & 14 May 2017.
Here’s what people have said about the course:
“I just wanted to write to thank you for the inspirational Green Roof course this weekend; I feel ready (and keen) to start my extension roof and confident that I can!”
“I know that a feedback form will be coming but I just wanted you to know just how much I appreciated all the effort that you put into the course which hit the right note on so many levels.”
Bookings can be made through the Brighton Permaculture Trust here. Lee from Organic Roofs and I look forward to seeing you there!
Unfortunately, due to family illness, the green roof DIY course run by Building Green and Organic Roofs in partnership with the Brighton Permaculture Trust, is cancelled.
The good news is we will be announcing a new date soon.
Building Green founder James Farrell is speaking at the next meeting of Hanover Action, Friday 28 October.
The meeting is from 6.30 pm at Hanover Community Centre on Southover Street, and there will be talks and plant stalls. More details here.
The subject is ‘Greening our urban landscape‘, and James is speaking about the potential to plant up your building surfaces.
Joining James is Organic Roofs head honcho Lee Evans, and Paul Norman from the One Planet Living Group.
Come along – it’s free! – learn stuff, make friends, get inspired!
The next opportunity to learn how to ‘do green roofs yourself’ is coming up.
On the weekend of 29 & 30 October, Building Green with Organic Roofs and Brighton Permaculture Trust, is running a workshop on the subject.
For bookings go here.
These highly successful workshops have been running for several years. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a fun weekend of learning about this fascinating subject, picking up new skills and quizzing the experts on how to ‘do it yourself’.
For bookings go here.