15 April 2014 we hosted our inaugural seminar, where living wall suppliers, manufacturers, academics, designers and plant specialists gathered to share their knowledge about living walls.
The Mayor has a target to increase green cover across central London by 5% by 2030, as stated in the 2011 London Plan. Urban greening is a key element of the much broader Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, which encourages the use of planting, green roofs and walls and soft landscape.
It is believed that by increasing green space and vegetation cover in the city flood risk and rising temperatures can be managed. London Plan Policy states the Mayor will and boroughs should expect major developments to incorporate living roofs and walls where feasible and reﬂect this principle in LDF (Local Development Framework) policies.
Highlights included a review and discussion of the latest research in living walls, recent developments in living wall systems, ecosystem services and case studies. The key manufacturers and installers also exhibited and presented their living wall systems and attendees were able to inspect and ask questions about the systems on the day.