A new roof garden was recently officially launched at Liverpool University in England. The roof was developed by the Liverpool Guild of Students “with the intent to provide students, staff and the community with the opportunity to participate in a sustainability initiative.” Components on the roof include garden planters, a bird box, wildflowers for wildlife and bee hives.
Aside from environmental goals the Guild hopes to connect more with the local community by offering the roof for outside education as well. It’s great to see a roof garden aim at additional goals such as they state on their website:
The Guild hopes that the inclusion of local organisations will provide educational opportunities to a diverse group of people from the wider community, increase community participation, help to bridge the gap between students and the local community, encourage wider participation and break down stereotypes of students and by students of minority groups.
There are many benefits to creating habitat and other ecological landscapes in an urban setting and this is another argument in favor of it.
Read the article from the Liverpool Guild of Students. (no longer available)
There is also a very brief article on the BBC website.