School builds nature reserve on roof

A primary school's green roof has been made a local nature reserve after more than 700 varieties of plants were put in.

The Sharrow School in Sheffield built a green roof to help with the traditional problems of humidity, noise and pollution.

But, almost as a by-product the school has also created a haven for local wildlife as the green roof uses plants taken from the surrounding countryside.

Almost 700 plants were planted by volunteers from the community with local plants, like cornflowers, chosen to create a year round visual impact.

The Green Roof Centre director and designer of the project, Nigel Dunnett, said: "The goal was to create plantings with dramatic visual impact for much of the year, high biodiversity value, and minimal resource and maintenance requirements."

For more information go to the school's website here.

Luke Walsh


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