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Sustainable sedum

    • 17 posts
    November 11, 2015 10:10 AM GMT

    At Exeter St Thomas Station we have transformed a neglected station platform area with an old brick shelter and broken up paving into a wildlife friendly Eco Garden with bug hotels and sedum matting, a sustainable solution for a raised station platform with no water supply. Looking forward to May when the sedum is in flower, bringing a welcome splash of colour for passengers as well as an attractive destination for local bug life. 

    Thanks to the Friends of St Thomas Station and Exeter University Student Volunteer Environment team who joined us to make the bug hotels under the expert guidance of Devon Wildlife Trust.

    Our installers Landmark Living Roofs did a fantastic job including the insect friendly 'sculpture' they made from broken up old paving slabs. You'll find their website very inspiring http://www.landmarklivingroofs.co.uk

    More in 2016 when mosaic minibeasts will transform the walls and wildflowers will bring colour to the rest of the platform. 

             

             

    • 3 posts
    November 11, 2015 12:10 PM GMT

    Looks fantastic - is it on a roof or on on the ground? And is it expensive to do?

    • 17 posts
    November 11, 2015 12:34 PM GMT

    Thanks Sally. the sedum is on the ground, on the platform. The platform is a raised one, at the top of the staircase. It is behind a low wire fence which surrounds the area, installed to provide a barrier to the broken paving area. See photos below. 

     

        

    The installation including site preparation cost £9,000. The installation was used using Optigreen products, this is a link to the spec for products used. http://www.optigreen.co.uk/system-solutions/economy-roof/solution-1/