Getting ready for DIY green roofs

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Lee and I spent a few hours yesterday making the bird boxes and green roof kits that our lovely participants will put together on Saturday. No, I’m not about to drill through my hand…

It’s not too late to book!

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Not too late to book your DIY Green Roof course!

It’s not too late to book your place on this year’s DIY green roof course!

  • learn about how to build green roofs
  • understand the history of global green roofing, and the benefits of the modern habitat-based approach
  • put the principles into practice – build your own green roofed bird box to take home
  • visit inspirational green roofs and green walls in Brighton & Hove
  • get expert advice on your project
  • enjoy the surroundings of Organic Roof’s new workshop, right on the banks of Shoreham harbour
  • have fun, learn new skills and make new friends!

You never know, you might be so inspired that you jack your job in after the course – and become a professional green roofer. That’s exactly what previous course participant Lee Evans did!

To book your place, visit https://brightonpermaculture.org.uk/courses/ecobuild/greenroofs

Happy green roofer with the green roofed bird box we built on the Building Green DIY weekend

Happy green roofer with the green roofed bird box we built on the Building Green DIY weekend

A visit to Organic Roofs

I visited Building Green partner Organic Roofs‘ workshop and green roof demonstration centre in Shoreham recently.

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Lee Evans with the green roof research station at Organic Roofs HQ, Shoreham

Organic Roofs head honcho Lee Evans showed me around the site, which has an amazing view of the harbour.

We will be holding the next green roof DIY workshop there on 24/25 October – book here. It’s a great venue for it.

On the site are two green roofs created on shipping containers, a nursery for green roof plants, and a new research station that will be measuring the performance of different substrates and plant systems. There’s also a ‘waste office’ which takes after the award winning Waste House in Brighton.

Organic Roofs won a number of awards recently, including NRFC Green Roof of the Year, Brighton & Hove’s Best Environmental Industry Company, as well as being finalists in 2 other categories at the #BAHBAs – Fastest Growing Company and Best Place to Work.

Container green roof at Organic Roofs HQ, Shoreham

Container green roof at Organic Roofs HQ, Shoreham

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Plant nursery, Organic Roofs HQ, Shoreham

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Organic Roofs HQ, Shoreham

Come and learn how to build your own green roof

3 weeks left to book a place on the original Green Roof DIY course.

Book by visiting the Brighton Permaculture Trust website.

shed green roof on allotment in Brighton

shed green roof on allotment in Brighton

Running over the weekend of 24-25 October, this year we’ll be hosted on the Saturday at the Organic Roofs office and workshop in Shoreham. There are real green roofs to see close up, and plenty of materials to get your hands on…and an amazing view of the harbour to boot! Or is that ‘to boat’.

Book by visiting the Brighton Permaculture Trust website.

small sheds…Big Nature!

Come say hello at the Big Nature event in the Brighton Centre, this Saturday 3 October, 2-4 pm. It’s free!

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Building Green banner

Building Green will be there with a stand, a ‘flowery building’ competition for kids, and we will be doing a free talk on how to DIY small shed green roofs.

We’ll be signing people up for the DIY Green Roof weekend.

We’ll also be talking about the importance of Madeira Drive green wall, and hoping to make new contacts that can help promote green roofs and living walls in the city.

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Book your place and learn to green roof!

It’s nearly that time of year again…

Building Green is running our DIY Green Roof course on 24-25 October in Brighton.

This is run with our partners Organic Roofs and Brighton Permaculture Trust. It’s the first of it’s kind in the UK, and was established back in 2007.

Learn hands on how green roofs work, question the experts about your project, and visit some inspirational examples in the city.

Bookings can be made here.

Happy course participants in 2013, building their green roof bird boxes

Happy course participants in 2013, building their green roof bird boxes

DIY green roof course 2015 – advance notice!

The next Building Green with Organic roofs ‘DIY green roof course’ will be on the weekend of 24 and 25 October 2015.

Details on the Brighton Permaculture Trust website.

Here’s what people said about this year’s course.

“I feel confident in building a green roof after this 1.5 days. That’s what I came for.”

“the tutors were great and we saw some interesting examples of green roofs, nice people on the course and a really nice atmosphere”

“Having more than one course leader with different specialties relevant to the course meant the content was varied but still in depth.”

“I learnt lots of practical things I can apply in my lifestyle.”