Major maintenance project on the living wall at The Rubens at the Palace in central London. The Urban Greening Company team make sure the green wall keeps doing its job for London Air

Standing at 350 square metres and with a total of 10,000 herbaceous plants, the striking Living Wall at The Rubens at the Palace boasts a number of unique innovations.

Designed to provide waves of blossoming plants throughout the year, the Living Wall is a unique talking point in the area. Plus, it provides wildlife habitat, helps keep the hotel cooler in summer and warm in winter, so is very environmentally friendly, minimising the hotel’s impact on the environment but also improve the air quality and aesthetics in this part of London.

The plant list includes a wide variety of native species and those deemed by the Royal Horticultural Society as attracting insect pollinators – drawing bees, butterflies and birds, which is crucial in light of the decline in the bee population. Buttercups, two varieties of crocus and strawberries will particularly attract butterflies and bees. From spring bulbs to winter geraniums, the plants have been selected with seasonal colour in mind, ranging from blues to pinks, purples, whites and yellows.

TheRubens at the Palace was identified as a suitable location during the Victoria Business Improvement District Green Infrastructure Audit, one of several funded by the Greater London Authority . The wall was designed by Gary Grant of the Green Roof Consultancy Ltd .