Free green roof workshop – Wednesday 9 October

October 1, 2013

greenroof2-1We recently installed a green roof at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre and are now inviting residents to attend a free green roof workshop.

Come along to gain a better understanding of:

  • how green roofs work
  • their ecological benefits
  • what sites are suitable
  • whether to choose a green or brown roof
  • what materials you’ll need and timescales
  • potential technical issues e.g. load bearing constraints

The session will be largely classroom based and will be hosted at a venue in Lambeth. To find out more or to book a place, please email pryczan@lambeth.gov.uk


New green roof installed at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre

July 12, 2013

Green roof at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling CentreAs part of the general improvements at Lambeth’s Reuse and Recycling Centre in Vale Street we have installed a new office unit. The offices are housed within a refurbished portacabin supplied by Eco Modular Buildings. Reusing the unit means that its manufacturing impact and carbon footprint have been minimised and only FSC certified and locally sourced timber have been used in its construction.

The roof of the unit has been fitted with a green sedum roof, which will help to keep the unit cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter.

Green roofs have many additional benefits:

Biodiversity – They create a natural habitat, encouraging insects, birds and butterflies. This is particularly important in urban areas where much of this habitat has been lost.

Absorption of storm water – They absorb rainfall that would normally run off hard surfaces, reducing the risk of flooding.

Pollution reduction – Plants absorb noise, trap dust, recycle carbon dioxide, and absorb and break down many gaseous pollutants.

Close up of green roof

This is the first of a number of environmental initiatives at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, a further green roof and a mini wildlife haven are planned for the near future.


Join us at our next green roof workshop

January 30, 2013
Residents building their own green roofs

Residents building their own green roofs

Earlier this month 27 Lambeth residents attended a Small Green Roof workshop in Kennington. The workshop, supported by Lambeth Council, was organised by Urban Wild Project and run by Reset Development aimed to encourage and enable attendees to develop their own green roofs at home and in the wider community.

The day featured presentations and a practical session where residents were able to build a section of a green roof. Attendees also listened to wildlife and bee expert David Perkins of the importance of green roofs in the urban environment for bees and other invertebrates.

What is a green roof and what are the benefits?

Green roofs are partially or wholly covered in vegetation and they can help to:

  • Improve surface water management
  • Increase the variety of wildlife present
  • Reduce heat island effect (where cities are warmer than rural areas due to human activity)
  • Improve insulation

Green roofs can be considered for homes, community and commercial buildings and even your garden shed!

We are planning to organise more workshops for Lambeth residents; so if you would like to find out more, please register your interest by emailing flooding@lambeth.gov.uk. Future workshops will be on building green roofs and related topics such as rain gardens.