The University’s first living wall was built over the weekend of 23/24 February 2013, thereby launching the first stage of our research on the performance of plants in relation to microclimate, water resource management and the development of living walls for urban agriculture.
The Sustainable Landscapes Research Group and a team of Certificate Landscape Design students, led by Benz Kotzen and Shelley Mosco, built the planted modular wall outside ‘Greengages’ cafe at Avery Hill. It’s ‘X’ shape provides different sun/shade aspects and microclimates for the plants and the multi-coloured modules presents an opportunity to research thermal variations.
The wall is also a teaching/learning resource for plant biodiversity. We will be adding plants to the wall as our research develops but so far the plants comprise the following native species:
Chives, Allium sphaerocephalon
Cluster Bellflower, Campanula glomerata
Wild Basil, Clinopodium vulgare
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Ox-eye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare
Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare
Creeping Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
The wall is intended to be the first of many, which will focus on urban agriculture and growing food vertically in our cities. The Research Group is planning to set up a community system on one of the local Greenwich estates and also to incorporate a number of living wall systems on the new School roof at Stockwell Street.