Where has this year gone?! The nights are drawing in, the trees are adorned with gorgeous autumnal colours and before we know it Christmas will be here! But even so we've still been busy greening spaces both outside and in! 

Office green wall inspired by NASA plants boosts work productivity

Over the past month we’ve spent some time brightening up our office, with a fresh coat of paint, some new artwork and most importantly lots and lots of plants!! We’ve got a pot plant on almost every surface, but our latest addition is a green wall from Europlanters. Plenty of research lately points towards the air quality and productivity benefits of having plants in an office, so we’re testing those theories ourselves!

Benefits for air quality

Before planting up our green wall we wanted to make sure we were installing the best plants for improving air quality, so we looked to the experts. In the late 1980’s NASA conducted a clean air study to find out the most effective indoor plants for removing toxic agents from the air- they found that spider plants, ferns and Aglaonema are the best ones for the job – all of which now live in our green wall!

Benefits for productivity

Plants in an office environment are also great for boosting productivity levels.

The Telegraph recently published an article on this topic, in which they have found offices that adopt the modern trend of minimalism have negative effects for productivity. Furthermore Craig Knight from Exeter University led research into the effects of pot plants at worker’s desks and found that plants not only boosted intellectual performance but also improved job satisfaction and sense of wellbeing!

If you’re office is suffering from minimalism and could do with a green wall of it’s own then get in touch!

 

Blueprint show home garden

Trent Basin is a new waterside residential development of sustainable homes and apartments, located on the banks of the River Trent in Nottingham. We provided a landscaping scheme for the garden of the show home to compliment the contemporary design of the interior.

Our inspiration for the planting scheme and colour palette at the Trent Basin Show Home was derived from its contemporary architecture and urban riverside setting. Our aim was to include colours that complemented the hard landscaping and the warm tones of the brickwork and windows. Texture and warm tones were added with perennial planting including Heleniums, Achillea and Crocosmia and grasses such as Pennisetum create movement and softness within the scheme. The perennial planting will be a rich source of food for pollinators and birds even throughout the seasons. The planters were designed to compliment the façade of the building and harmonise with the interior design of the house and the Fermob bench creates a strong focal point and a comfortable space to enjoy the garden.

We are now offering an exclusive garden design and installation service for new residents of Trent Basin, that compliments their home interior and lifestyle.

 

We won! Hosta at the Nottingham Post Environment Awards

Up against some tough competition at this year’s Nottingham Post Environment Awards, we were chuffed to have even been shortlisted for the Environmental Innovation Award, let alone to have won! The awards ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza, and was a fantastic evening. We got the opportunity to hear about all the other amazing work that is happening in and around the city to improve the environment, such as a family who have pledged to collect 100,000 discarded bottles, and convince retailers to use alternative containers.

We are absolutely delighted to have won the environmental innovation award and to be recognised for the benefits that our projects create for the environment, such as a green roof system that we have designed for the intu Victoria centre which will be installed early next year.

But most importantly it is brilliant that the Nottingham Post host such an event, which really brings together different types of business’s who are all working towards the same goal of improving the environment and mitigating climate change.

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Tatton Park show garden officially opened in Sneinton

Our Gold medal-winning RHS Tatton Park 'A Drop of Urban Green' garden has been rebuilt at a public green space in a Nottingham housing estate, and is now officially open!

Along with the help of Thomas Bow, we moved the garden to Manvers Court in Sneinton, to provide residents with a space to relax and relieve stress. The theme of the garden was to show what can be achieved in unused and unloved pockets of space in towns and cities.

Chief executive of Nottingham City Homes Nick Murphy said: "Being able to bring something so special back to Nottingham and make it available as a communal space for some of our tenants is truly very special.”

The opening of the garden last Thursday saw visits from residents, councillors, and special guest Ben Norris, author of the poem ‘Salvage Yourself’ whose words are inscribed on the wall of the garden. Ben performed the poem for all of our guests, which you can watch here. His words, designed to inspire those sitting in the garden to relax and leave the stresses of everyday life behind, will now be on display for tenants for years to come.