Verti-Grow proudly works within the UNESCO World Biosphere region of Brighton. This ‘Living Coast’ is protected and maintained by core values and practices that we at Verti-Grow emulate with our exterior living walls by cultivating spaces that improve urban biodiversity, air purification, water recycling, and insulation.
INCOURAGING BEES, WILDLIFE, AND BIODIVERSITY
Verti-Grow’s exterior living walls can become a little haven for birds, butterflies, and nectar hunting bees, helping to improve local insect populations. It is said that bees see the colour purple better than any other, making the heuchera purple palace and marmalade plants in our living walls a perfect choice for our fluffy flying friends!
REDUCING AIR POLLUTION
Our bustling cities produce many harmful pollutants that Verti-Grow’s vertical gardening solutions can mitigate. As well as absorbing carbon dioxide, plants passively absorb pollution particulates through the soil, roots, and the surface of leaves. Cleaning up our streets one leaf at a time.
COMBATTING NOISE POLLUTION
The blanketing effect of plants in our living walls acts as an excellent natural sound dampener. It has the amazing ability to absorb acoustic vibrations, due to the fleshy, densely concentrated leaves creating a dynamic surface area, stopping sounds from bouncing. Naturally cultivating a safe haven of calm, quiet spaces to match the beautiful vista.
SAVING AND REUSING WATER
The irrigation systems we use for our living walls at Verti-Grow can save and divert rainwater, decreasing demand on water consumption while reducing bills. The plants used can even intercept rainfall, acting as natural flood defenses. Thus helping to create beautiful self-sustaining spaces and reusing valuable resources. You can see more about how the irrigation system is set up here.
INSULATION AND THE CITY HEAT ISLAND EFFECT
The UK’s concrete jungles retain a lot of heat that is absorbed and trapped by the dense concentration of pavements and buildings, causing the Urban heat island effect. Using the canopy of a living wall on the exterior of buildings can dramatically cool the immediate urban environment. Not just from evaporation from the plant leaves but also by insulating the buildings themselves, keeping them cool in summer and warmer in winter.