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Think of the bees!

It's safe to say that we're all a lot more environmentally conscious than we used to be. We've seen a big uplift in the amount of recycling, efforts to reduce emissions from engines, lower the amount of energy used in our homes and offices and even a campaign against wasteful, single-use plastics. While all of these things are great in limiting the amount of damage done to the environment, is there something that we can do to take positive steps?

One noticeable way the UK has suffered in recent years is through flooding and heavy rainfall. The last ten years have seen some of the worst floods and wettest winters ever recorded, which not only damages homes and vehicles but also entire ecosystems. One suggested cause is that as our cities expand, we lose green spaces and replace them with roads and houses. When the rain falls, instead of soaking into the ground, it instead runs off and very heavy rainfall can easily overwhelm drainage systems, causing the system to fail and creating a problem.

When you're considering your home, however, it needs to be suitable for you and your family to live in. Lots of families know they need extra space, but moving house isn't appropriate for one reason or another, whether it's near to schools and work or even simply that you love your home too much to leave. In this instance, more living space in the form of a Garden Spaces room is perfect, but do you worry about losing the green space?

The simple option is that you don't need to lose any green areas when installing a much needed garden room, as you can turn the roof of your new room into a green space! Not only does it look fantastic, it has the effect of making the building blend into its surroundings. A living roof is also a fantastic insulator, absorbing the heat from the summer sun in the summer to keep the inside cool, but also preventing the heat from escaping in winter and reducing the heating bill!

Importantly, however, it's the green credentials that could matter most. Living roofs don't simply shed the rainwater, instead absorbing up to 75% of precipitation that's either used by the plants or released slowly, reducing the demand on drainage systems. Depending on the plants used, a green roof can also filter rainwater to remove pollutants! These plants then go on to provide a living space in the city for wildlife, whether it's insects to feed birds, flowers that help pollinating flyers like bees or even flower stalks to line bird nests! Bees have been under a lot of pressure recently and fewer and fewer hives are surviving, so they need as much help as we can give!

All of these benefits are in addition to the improvement of air quality, the health of the plants thanks to not being trodden or walked upon and the general wellbeing that green spaces bring to city and town landscapes! If you need to expand your home and gain some more space for the family to breathe, it doesn't mean you can't do it with a bit of green thinking in mind.

Date: 23/04/2018 | Author: Roger Hedges