Living Tables by TUGC

Living Tables by TUGC. Here at the urban greening company we create living tables to brighten up a range of environments such as offices, restaurants or living spaces.

Below are some images from our recent photoshoot at Rick Stein’s restaurant in Sandbanks. A variety of indoor plants can be used in these living tables. The biophilic design increases mental wellness and can help to reduce stress. The vibrant, striking colours will add plenty of colour to any space.

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Social Distancing and Nature

social distancing

Social distancing? Using Nature to keep your distance whilst encouraging mental wellbeing.

Prepare for a safe return to the office environment.

Organisations are working tirelessly to prepare for a safe return to the office environment.

Interior plants can be used as barriers, partition workspaces and to form one-way systems.

Interior plants for social distancing

Interior plants for social distancing

form one-way systems

form one-way systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

We create Innovative planter frames, made bespoke to whatever dimensions you need and they can be finished in a variety of colours.

Living walls are an ideal asset to the work or office space.

Biophillia or peoples attraction to nature and natural processes is a core driver in everything we do at TUGC.

If you would like more ideas of how you can use plants to keep a healthy distance then get in contact.

Helps mental wellbeing

Helps mental wellbeing

interior plants

interior plants

A Selection of good green roofs

A selection of healthy, good green roofs from our recent maintenance travels. The below are just some of the best green roofs we have come across this year.

We carry out a lot of green roof maintenance across the UK throughout the spring and Autumn. At TUGC we recommend bi-annual maintenance on most green roofs. These pictures below are from our recent spring/summer maintenance visits.

How a sedum roof should look

How a sedum roof should look

When a green roof is installed correctly using a quality system and regular maintenance is upheld the benefits are proven.

 

This roof down in Dorset looking vibrant with lush vegetation.

lush sedum green roof

lush sedum green roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

The below wildflower roof adding some colour to this brand new school building.

Wildflower Roof looking great

Wildflower Roof looking great

lots of colour

lots of colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oldham Library’s green roof fully restored to how it should look after annual maintenance over the past 4 years from the TUGC team.

Restored green roof

Restored green roof

Chives In Flower On Maintenance Visit

Chives In flower on our regular maintenance visit to these fantastic green roofs down in Tavistock, Devon.

We carry out bi-annual visits in the Spring and Autumn and these roofs continue to flourish every year which goes to show the maintenance is really working.

The roofs are littered with bees looking for their next treat which is always a pleasure to see. Our spring visit has prepared the roofs for the upcoming growing season and through applying a bespoke Bauder green roof fertiliser we have provided nutrients for the sedum. When we return in the Autumn a good haircut will be in order.

bee on green roof

bee on green roof

green roof with chives

green roof with chives

TUGC bring in absailors for maintenance

More Biodiversity features to green roofs

Biodiversity features were added to 8 existing blocks of green roofs by The Urban Greening Company.

Log piles, sand piles and rope coils acting as biodiversity features.

Our work will help to bring more wildlife and invertebrates into the city.

Working with kingston landscapes on this project we had the use of a crane. This made the access of materials much more accessible.

sand piles and log piles

sand piles and log piles

biodiversity features

biodiversity features

Recent green roof restorations

alternative planting

Recent green roof restorations carried out by TUGC.

The two seperate case studies below highlight two examples of how green roofs might fail.

There can be numerous factors resulting in failing green roofs.

Many clients write off their green roof if there are issues but we can highlight the issue and provide solutions.

Case Study 1:

failing green roof

failing green roof

alternative planting

alternative planting

small green roof on a residential property in Islington.

We replaced the sedum which was failing due to limited light exposure. We stripped the sedum, created a higher depth of compost and soil blend and replanted a mixture of shade tolerant ferns, grasses and ivy’s.

 

Case Study 2:

The first picture below shows a green roof just after installation last summer at Beckenham Methodist Church. The roof light and glass were fitted after the green roof and the second picture shows the roof completely trashed from traffic back and forth. Third picture is after our return to add extra substrate and sedum to the roof. We see too many roofs trashed from other workmen and trades, It’s not a nice sight and hopefully fewer incidents like this occur. Having said this they are always salvageable and we are more than willing to help on any green roof restorations.

after initial installation

after initial installation.

 

destroyed green roof

destroyed green roof.

new sedum installed

new sedum installed

 

 

Bee Hotel creation and installation

Bee Hotel creation and Installation

Bee hotel design, creation and Installation by the Urban Greening Company. We have now installed numerous bee hotels across London attracting pollinators back into the city. This is something we feel strongly about at TUGC and we want to see bee hotels across the whole of London. These bee hotels have consisted of various shapes and sizes to meet our clients wishes.

We have used Marine Ply as the frames and a number of infill materials such as bricks and slates with crevices for the solitary bees to work their way into. We have also used logs from prime coppice woodland and bamboo for nesting areas.

Below are just some examples of our specifically made bee hotels in the last year.

Bee Hotel creation and Installation

Bee Hotel installed in Elephant and Castle

Bee hotel ready to be installed at Battersea power station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Hotel creation and installation

Nine Elms development working with elite landscapes

Green Roof Maintenance

green roof maintenance

These are all examples of recent green roof maintenance carried out by the urban greening company team.

They are all perfect examples of how a green roof should look for this time of year with autumn coming to an end. However they have not always looked this good. We always recommend bi-annual maintenance visits and it is thanks to this maintenance that these roofs are looking so great.

Case Study 1

The roof below is situated at a care home in Highgate, North London. Residents look straight out onto the roof from their windows and seeing lush vegetation is something we want for them to enjoy. A couple of years ago this roof was not in the best of shape. Bi-annual green roof maintenance has seen the roof improve with each visit.

Using a bauder specialised fertiliser in the spring supplying the roof with much needed nutrients for the coming summer months and removing any weeds. This has seen the sedum flourish and we now see sedum coverage across the whole roof.

Green Roof Maintenance

early morning sun

Green Roof Maintenance

lush sedum coverage

aerial view of roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study 2

Another example below but this time a wildflower roof. Historically this roof could be quite patchy and not have a huge amount of  vegetation coverage. Through extensive weed removal and keeping on top of any invasive vegetation we have seen wildflowers thrive. This picture shows some white star jasmine trailing onto the roof for added aesthetics.

Green Roof Maintenance

wildflower roof

 

Case Study 3

The clients on the next roof were concerned about bare patches on their green roof in the heart of the city of London. As this was our first visit we decided to add extra sedum cuttings along with some generous amounts of substrate to act as a growing medium. Upon our return we were pleased to see this had worked. It is now a case of keeping on top of this roof with regular maintenance to keep it in top condition.

green roof maintenance

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

Sedum Roof installed at Beckenham Methodist Church, South East London. The Church is currently being renovated and this green roof was added onto an extension of the building. We finished the job in one day which consisted of many tricky cuts of drainage board and sedum.

Cutting around the numerous roof lights meant for a neat and tidy finish between small areas of vegetation and stone.

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

step by step process of the green roof installation.

 

We used a low depth of substrate  on this roof. Due to access restrictions the drainage, fleece, substrate and sedum was carried up onto the roof by hand which wasn’t the easiest of tasks.

The roof will fit in nicely with the surroundings and will add some important green infrastructure to this area of South London.

Sedum Roof for Methodist Church

alternate angle of the roof