Incredible Edible Wall for Glyndon

Glyndon Community Centre Edible Wall

Glyndon Community Centre Edible Wall

Sustainable Landscapes Research Group have partnered with Glyndon Community Group in Woolwich to erect Glyndon Community Centre’s first living wall in June 2013.

They provide facilities for healthy recreation and leisure time occupation to improve the quality of life and provide social interaction for local people, amongst them are school groups, the elderly and youth offender training.

The wall is planted ‘potager-style’ a mix of edible and decorative plants.  Initially we will be assessing the Living Wall to ascertain:

  • Benefits in providing increased landuse for food production in this high density, potentially contaminated area where productive land is limited;
  • The range of plants that can be grown successfully for their nutritional and economic value;
  • Their usefulness to people with mobility issues who may have difficulty in accessing horizontal gardens;
  • Their capacity to impact practice for sustainable food production.

Early indications are that the wall has become a big hit with the volunteers who maintain it. They’ve already been picking herbs and strawberries from the wall. Meta Killick, Chair of Glyndon Community Group said ‘Our chief waterer is calling it the Wall of Paradise…’  Although there is a reservoir (for harvesting rainwater) and solar energy charged pump operating the irrigation system, this is a new technology for the many who volunteer.


Drought Tolerances of Sedum and Sempervivum in Living Walls


Sempervivum species planted August 2013

Sempervivum species planted August 2013

Following our earlier research of edible plants in Humko’s living wall system, we found that curly parsley, Petroselinum crispum responded remarkably well to drought and heat conditions over the summer. We are now looking at  tolerances of other plants in vertical conditions.

It is known that many sedum species are drought tolerant but little is  known about how they respond in vertical conditions.  Partnering with  ANS Group (Europe), we will be testing both the albido of plants and thermal tolerances of selected sedum, sempervivum and grasses  during the next phase of our research.