What is Bioscaping?
Bioscaping is a sustainable approach to landscaping that helps to preserve our natural eco-system by improving wildlife habitat, conserving water, and decreasing the use of chemicals.
Protecting biodiversity within our urban space is an urgent priority...
Since most of us are now living in urban areas, the urgency to preserve biodiversity within our cities has never been a greater priority. After all, nature provides many vital 'ecosystem services' that allow us to exist. From the air that we breathe to certain insects, each has a crucial part to play in the ecosystem that we depend upon. With the continued expansion of our towns and cities, we need to act fast and be innovative with urban planning and design so that species can adapt and co-exist within our built environment.
The inclusion of greening solutions such as meadows, living walls and green roofs will have significant long-term benefits for both us as humans and other living organisms. At SAP we are dedicated to saving our beautiful planet and we are always on standby to assist in this mission... in any way possible.
In recent years, wildflower meadows have become an increasingly common request amongst our clients. This is no surprise since meadows are incredible for increasing local biodiversity. Meadows provide a major source of food to a wide range of wildlife including bees, butterflies, insects and birds. Wildflowers are also remarkable for their ability to clean the air of carbon dioxide in urban environments. Due to the variation of leaf forms, the wildflowers act as a net for capturing a wide range of pollutants.
A meadow doesn't necessarily mean that the aesthetic appeal of the landscape will be lost. Of course, the over all goal of a meadow is to increase habitation for wildlife. However, it's also important to include the human habitat too, and the huge benefits these green spaces have on our mental health. At SAP, we put every effort into creating meadows that are visually attractive for all living species to enjoy.
Living Walls or Green Walls are fast becoming a recognised feature of the urban landscape. They offer a unique opportunity of utilising the surfaces of existing buildings that would otherwise be ecologically wasted.
Aside from looking amazing, the added greenery cleans the air of toxins, improves biodiversity and has proven to lower stress levels. Living Walls can also help in reducing noise pollution, mitigate the 'Urban Heat Island Effect' and act as insulation.
Rood Gardens or Green Roofs are a wise use of space in a city environment and can provide fantastic ecological communities to help support biodiversity. There are certain factors such as the location and structure of the building that will determine the type of Roof Garden that is installed and the level of biodiversity it will bring to the environment. Roof Gardens can be constructed in various forms depending on the use and benefits required and will normally be intensive or extensive.
Intensive roofs are often constructed to replicate ground level gardens for communal use, requiring deeper substrate/soil levels and will facilitate larger plants and even trees. Extensive green roofs, on the other hand, are designed to be low maintenance and use thin layers of substrate resulting in lightweight construction. Their key benefit is bringing improved biodiversity to the built environment and they will support a large number of plant species that will tolerate fluctuating moisture levels. With the increased use of solar panels on rooftops, extensive green roofs can be used in conjunction with these providing additional environmental benefit.
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