Goodman’s Fields is an impressive high end mixed use development in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which is being developed by Berkeley Homes. It is a large site with a variety of different green spaces proposed including intensive living roofs (which have a deeper depth of soil), pocket parks, avenues and break out spaces
As well as having green spaces incorporated across the development Berkeley Homes are keen to increase the biodiversity and ecological value of the site and have identified two of the roof areas to act as dedicated nature habitat areas. I was asked to develop a planting plan for the roof areas of Level’s 8 and 9. They are to be deeper soiled and weight retaining with potential for harvested rain water irrigation so the scope was quite broad for planting. However the height of the floors may cause issues with greater exposure to the elements, which must be considered when making planting choices.
The Level 8 roof garden has been devised to have a broadly woodland themed planting with some areas for a wetland themed planting. The Level 9 roof garden is proposed to have robust, drought tolerant sensual planting around the edge that frame a trio of mounds, which will be planted up with a dry acid heathland mix, an alpine mix and a wildflower meadow.
Its been a really exciting and interesting project to be a part of and I am very much looking forward to observing the gardens after they get planted and to see how well they develop and their attraction to wildlife at height.