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Mobilane walk on the wild side in Woking

08 Jul 2019 | BALI Member News

Residents, customers and visitors to Woking High Street will be enjoying a new natural walkway from this May with the installation of a 75m living wall from BALI Registered Affiliate member Mobilane. The Mobilane Green Screens have been placed along the length of the Woking Train Station’s exterior wall as part of the Council’s green commitments.

Nature and history combined

Complementing other green initiatives in the transformation of the town’s Albion Square, the ivy screens now form a naturally green frame for the town’s iconic mural that depicts life along High Street in Edwardian times.Adapting to the lie of the land

Accommodating the natural slope of the road and walkway, the screens maintain a straight top edge using a mix of screen heights from 1 metre to 2.2 metre.  Installed in fibreglass containers to allow for ease of placement by forklift and potential repositioning at a later date, the screens were cut to fit prior to the installation of irrigation by the Mobilane technical team.  The screens ongoing maintenance will be managed by Woking Council.

A blend of colour, foliage and wildlife interest

With a mix of species for interest and colour, the wall will not only attract insects and wildlife to an otherwise grey and urban part of town, but the screens will exercise their prowess in the improvement of air quality, as their foliage aids the trapping and capturing of harmful pollutants from passing and stationary traffic in the busy street.

Mobilane UK was appointed to install the ivy screens, which are watered by an innovative drip line irrigation system. The screens offer variety of foliage and floral interest, planted with Hedera Helix Woerner, variegated and non-variegated, and the new Euonymus Darts Blanket. The week-long installation took place at the end of April 2019 and has already attracted positive local and regional media and visitor interest.

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