In-service teacher training, Greenwich, 4.-8. April 2016

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.

Biotecture green wall - 62 Buckingham Gate  SW1E 6PA

Biotecture green wall - 62 Buckingham Gate  SW1E 6PA

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.

Different green wall systems, even three from Humko

Different green wall systems, even three from Humko

 

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

Pond on the roof is not very common but makes really good biodiversity 

Pond on the roof is not very common but makes really good biodiversity 

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. 

View from the Greenwich planetarium

View from the Greenwich planetarium

Tuesday we had walking tour around London Green Wall. Here is routeplan with pictures: https://greenwich2015conference.wordpress.com/living-wall-walking-tours/ 

 

Biotecture - 20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 3BY. Huge green wall oposite The Sky Garden in London - Walkie Talkie building 

Biotecture - 20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 3BY. Huge green wall oposite The Sky Garden in London - Walkie Talkie building 

Biotecture - 52 Minories EC3N 1JA. Nice green wall but need gutters under each green layer and some new plants.

Biotecture - 52 Minories EC3N 1JA. Nice green wall but need gutters under each green layer and some new plants.

Mobilane - Mermaid Theatre - Puddle Dock EC4V 3DB. On my opinion too little substrate for perennials or unequal irrigation with wick textile on sunny exposure.

Mobilane - Mermaid Theatre - Puddle Dock EC4V 3DB. On my opinion too little substrate for perennials or unequal irrigation with wick textile on sunny exposure.

ANS - Puddle Dock EC4V 3DB. Durable green wall under the bridge. Good looking with some dried plants in two areas but not too critical.

ANS - Puddle Dock EC4V 3DB. Durable green wall under the bridge. Good looking with some dried plants in two areas but not too critical.

Frosts - Doubletree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St EC3N 4AF. Down on the terrace is an artifical lawn which doesn't fit with green architecture.

Frosts - Doubletree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St EC3N 4AF. Down on the terrace is an artifical lawn which doesn't fit with green architecture.

Frosts - Doubletree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St EC3N 4AF

Frosts - Doubletree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St EC3N 4AF

Treebox - Borough Market, Stoney Street SE1 9AA. Nice small green wall, use to be maintened only with LCT, now it looks better.

Treebox - Borough Market, Stoney Street SE1 9AA. Nice small green wall, use to be maintened only with LCT, now it looks better.

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.

Shelter for training

Shelter for training

Wellchome speech of director Angus Cunningham

Wellchome speech of director Angus Cunningham

Entrance with integrated green wall

Entrance with integrated green wall

Wild green wall with insect hotels and bird houses.

Wild green wall with insect hotels and bird houses.

Green wall system with cascade pot irrigation

Green wall system with cascade pot irrigation

Demonstration Green wall at Scotscape

Demonstration Green wall at Scotscape

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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.

Two green walls by the entrance. Nice decoration with clear message: We make you green

Two green walls by the entrance. Nice decoration with clear message: We make you green

Notcutts garden centre

Notcutts garden centre

DIY green wall. Important is to sell plants and green wall needs a lot of it. 

DIY green wall. Important is to sell plants and green wall needs a lot of it. 

‘Living Walls – Practical Issues’ by Tomaz Cufer, Humko D.O.O.

‘Living Walls – Practical Issues’ by Tomaz Cufer, Humko D.O.O.

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

New model of Veggy is finally here

Our Veggy panel is great for the people in cities or in apartments without any place for a small garden. And it can also be a nice decoration in the offices, showrooms, banks, restaurants,... But we want more. The panel for vegetables was fine and nice looking for its purpose. But it wasn't nice enough for us. So we came up with a face lift version and name it Veggy Design. We then had some delays with the production but finally here it is. It is still wrapped in some carton and folie but we will post more pictures soon. The first picture of Veggy Design:  


Veggy Design

Veggy Design