A children’s’ nursery in South East London is doing its bit for the Environment by installing a wildflower roof. Little Jungle Nursery in Peckham has limited outdoor space but is making the most of it by growing native plants on top of their buggy store
Little Jungle in Peckham caters for 85 youngsters between the ages of 1 and 5 years offering daycare facilities for busy parents. The nursery tries to be "green" in as many ways as possible and believes strongly that respect and appreciation for nature begins in early childhood.
Director Tareky el-Semman says "as a nursery we are trying to do our bit for the environment. Our parents and staff sign up to a green living policy and we recycle everything that we can. Adding a green roof to what was essentially a boring buggy shed was a no-brainer. Not only does it bring much needed greenery to this side of Peckham but it acts as a statement of our environmental credentials."
The idea of a living roof was suggested by one of the children's parents - an architect. Tarek looked online and discovered Enviromat - another of BALI Registered Affiliate member Harrowden Turf's products. A phone call to the Company started a conversation with Chris Carr, Harrowden's National Sales Manager who suggested that Meadowmat Wild Flower Turf would be a less expensive alternative.
Meadowmat is a pre-grown blanket of wildflowers and grasses. There are five varieties to choose from. Based on the levels of shade cast by buildings around the nursery, Tarek chose "Woodland Shade". This contains 38 species of plants that are native to the UK and can tolerate the lower light conditions of a built-up area. It has a long flowering period and so benefits bees and other insects for at least 6 months of the year.
Chris Carr from Harrowden Turf said "This is the sort of project I love. It's not about ticking boxes on a planning application, it stems from a genuine desire to improve the local environment. Little Jungle Nursery may not have created a massive green roof but it is a green roof that will touch a great many lives. This is a great way to encourage people to understand and work with nature. It's sets a good example to us all."