Green Roof Garden

Green Roof - London

This green roof garden was constructed in London some years ago..just as ‘Green Roofs’ were becoming popular, we used this modular construction to great effect, managing to hide all the A/C vents etc, that usually clutter a roof..

Great staff resource

The garden was an addition to the staff restaurant on the third floor, so we were lucky to be able to use a wide selection of plants, as it rarely got too cold, although snow loading etc, was a serious consideration.
By having a large amount of planting around the building edge we were able to keep people from getting to close to the edge , helping reduce the need for high barriers.


The project won a number of awards at the time, and gave us valuable insight into designing, constructing and subsequently maintaining a green roof.


Here you can see the simple framing that this modular system uses, not only is it strong, but having been treated it is very long lasting – at least 50years.

setting out

Beneath the grid is a typical weed barrier, free draining medium etc, to keep the roof from retaining any water. The grid cells were lined and filled with a soil less planting compost and a typical drip irrigation system installed on top.

Our only challenge was a couple of mallard ducks that insisted on nesting in one corner of the garden – we left them to their own devices !

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Chris Coope

Author: Chris Coope

Born in Great Britain, Chris Dyson-Coope followed his training and passion in the field of horticulture for decades. This path led him to multiple awards for landscape design and many prestigious projects in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Chris has received 19 national awards for projects as varied as city parks, urban regeneration, playgrounds, office parks and streetscapes. He pioneered the use of designer drives in the 1980s utilizing Permacrib to create structural green walls and award-winning green roofs in London. Most recently, Dyson-Coope has nurtured his interest as an educational innovator to produce an Internet radio show (, books on landscaping, and a series of fictional children's books that explore non-fictional themes such as sustainable agriculture, geography, and history. Convinced that the younger generation can (and must) learn from the older generation, as well as blazing new paths toward a sustainable future for a planet in deep distress from climate change and unsustainable practices, Dyson-Coope presents workable solutions in multiple formats, from books to inventions, podcasts and educational media. With several horticultural patents to his credit, the noted horticulturalist looks to the future with hope that the younger generation will grab the "torch" of innovation to develop and maintain a more sustainable world for us all. Dyson-Coope is a member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and serves as Director of Children's Sustainable Education for Energime University. Chris lives in Weston, Missouri, with his lovely wife, Cindi.

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