Installation of Two Green Living Walls Completed at Hadlow College
Two Green Living Walls have been installed at Hadlow College – in both exterior and interior locations. The walls, installed by Scotscape, a Surrey-based leading supplier of living walls, green roofs, irrigation and landscape construction services, are located on the side of the Elgar building and in the Maplesden Noakes reception area.
Specification of the living walls was motivated by keeping the core curriculum of landscape and horticulture courses at Hadlow at the cutting edge of landscaping today, along with the enviable aesthetics which living walls offer. Dr. Howard Lee, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture, Animal and Land Management, who managed the project as part of a ‘Vertical Plant Life’ collaboration with similar walls at Colleges in the Netherlands and Slovenia, said: “Land-based subjects are at the core of what we teach here at Hadlow, and it is crucial to incorporate new green technology and trends into our curriculum to improve student employability in the future. Green walls have a large part to play in urban horticulture, offering opportunities for community food growing, along with improving biodiversity and air quality.”
Measuring 2.4mh x 5m wide (interior wall) and 2.5mh x 6mw (exterior wall), the empty systems are now prepared for planting up by our students as part of the curriculum. The interior wall is supported by an integrated re-circulation irrigation system with a fresh water top-up facility; a standard break tank with pump and doseatron is in situ to support the exterior living wall. The irrigation systems are accessible to enable training and support the Hadlow education programme.
The two walls have been funded by the EU-funded Erasmus Plus initiative - a group of European Colleges who collaborate together to raise funding for specific projects. Following a rigorous application process, Brussels signed off the funding application, believing the education of green technology to be very worthwhile indeed.
The Scotscape system was selected owing to the support the system gives to long-term plant health. Angus Cunningham, MD at Scotscape, commented: “We are very happy to be working with Hadlow College and will continue to support their curriculum to ensure best practice is delivered in the future for the next generation of horticulturalists and landscapers.”
Scotscape offer living wall training and accreditation courses for landscapers and horticulturalists. To find out more, visit: http://www.scotscape.net/
This ‘Vertical Plant Life (VPL)’ project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.