Saturday, 6 April 2013

V & A Museum to get a wildlife garden roof

The world's greatest museum of art and design gets a new roof for wildlife

March 2013. Wildlife charity Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, are due to start work on a Living Roof project at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in central London this spring.

Thanks to funding from Western Riverside Environment Fund - a partnership between Western Riverside Waste Authority and Groundwork UK, an area of the existing roof will be transformed into a wildflower meadow to provide food and shelter for wildlife including bees, butterflies and moths.

Clare Dinham, Buglife Brownfields Stepping Stones Officer said "Creating a green space on the roof of a building in central London provides insects with a lifeline of food and shelter. Pollinating insects are in decline due to habitat loss so we hope to use the Living Roof on the high profile V&A as a flagship for other buildings, encouraging more people to get involved".

In 2012, Buglife with support from the Green Roof Consultancy, produced the UK's first living roof guidance report including details on why and how to create a living roof for wildlife, after creating a number of Living Roofs across London. The V&A Living Roof will be another vital habitat stepping stone for wildlife in the city.

Range of habitats for insects
The roof will boast a wildflower meadow with nectar and pollen rich plants, areas of bare ground for invertebrates to bask and burrow as well as piles of deadwood for mini-beasts to shelter and feed upon.

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