Erasmus+ project Vertical Plant Life includes also 40 hours In-service teacher training which we had this week in London, hosted by University of Greenwich in different locations. The First day we had presentation and introduction of green infrastructure benefits, public planning, different green wall systems, materials and practice. We visited most popular london green walls and comment the good and the bad side of each one.
First presentation ‘Overview of green infrastructure, planning and ecosystem services’ by Dr Sarah Milliken, University of Greenwich, gave us a look at public planning of green infrastructure, the effect of green infrastructure in the cities and many useful information about greening the cities.
Than we had presentation with Shelley Mosco, Senior Lecturer and specialist for green wall plants, and me about different green wall systems.
Fourteen Roof gardens on Stockwell St. presents many different green wall systems, raised beds, water ponds and many fruit trees and vegetable beds. Many of them are planted with extensive green roof combind with PV panels. Benz is doing research on biochar in raised beds
After the Tour of university roof gardens and aquaponics unit at Stockwell Campus presented by Benz Kotzen, we continued with ‘Overview of plant selection for living walls’ by Shelley Mosco. Shelley was responsible for the plant selection and planning of many green walls in UK. I had next presentation of ‘Overview of living wall maintenance’ following by tour around Greenwich campus.
Tuesday we had walking tour around London Green Wall. Here is routeplan with pictures: https://greenwich2015conference.wordpress.com/living-wall-walking-tours/
Living Wall Workshop
Wednesday was dedicated to visit company Scotscape where we had presentation of their green wall systems, trial garden and also moss wall. Nice company with a long history and many projects of green walls.
Thursday we had field visit in Hadlow college. First we visited a nice garden centre with a restaurant where they installed three nice green walls of 15 m2. Green walls looks good only they need one or two hours maintenance to remove dried leaves and cut or replant euvonymus which got some fungi disease. People working in a Garden centre could easily do some maintenance on green wall to make them in better shape. But it seems everybody is afraid of doing anything on green walls beside contractors.
In general teachers were informed about the topic of green walls, technologies, materials, practical cooperation and future development. Green wall technology has been around for last decade and agriculture has been done for thousands of years. We must be patience to develop more technologies and techniques for vertical horticulture and agriculture. We must exchange our knowledge, develop new techniques and materials, do more trials and results will be better and better. Hopefully we can introduce completely new panel and controls within a year to allow easier vertical greening.
Tomaž Čufer, Humko Bled