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Practical and planet friendly, here's why grass roofs are the future of urban gardening:

Practical and planet friendly, here's why grass roofs are the future of urban gardening:

You may have seen them installed on adventurous new builds on Grand Designs , or caught a glimpse of one in Canary Wharf, Lambeth or Sheffield – or you might have never heard of them. Whether you’re familiar with the concept of not, across the UK, green roofs are becoming increasingly common, as people realise the advantages of having a garden on top of, not next to, their houses. For the uninitiated, a green roof is most simply described as being a living layer of grasses, shrubs, and mosses, planted over a waterproof membrane on your roof. A fascinating combination of engineering and ecology, green roofs can be tailored to suit almost any building, and can be installed on new buildings or retrofitted to existing ones. The big question is: why would anyone want one? Sedum and plantation expert Jim Blundell lists several potential reasons. ‘Firstly, a green roof provides a...

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