Packing a green roof with solitary bees Packing a green roof with solitary bees doesn’t just rely on the species mix. Of course a good range of wildflowers and sedums is one key ingredient of a good green roof for pollinators. The other is a place to nest. And this what GRC always aim to do.
It has been a busy year for GRC. We have been involved in the Green Infrastructure Audits for London covering a large part of Central London. These audits included assessments of existing green spaces from parks, street trees to green roofs and making recommendations for retrofitting green roofs, green walls and rain gardens. The London BIDs (Business Improvement Areas) GI Audits covered 11 areas in London in total and we worked on all but one of the audits. Our expertise stems from over 15 years of working in the field, beginning with our work on the Mayor’s Living Roofs Technical Report and our contribution to the Victoria BID in 2010/11.
The roof we designed with the Grass Roof Company was installed in 2009. We added a series of bee hotels and habitat walls designed by Green Roof Shelters. This year the roof and the bees are booming.