Nature brings seasonal changes to cities
For those of us that live in the countryside of the northern hemisphere, it is very clear that spring is in the air. The signs of change are all around. The days are getting milder and lighter, birds can be seen building nests and flowers are appearing adding vibrant splashes of colour. Nature is waking up after the winter.
In stark contrast, the half of the world’s population that lives in cities will hardly notice this change. It might be getting warmer outside, but the endless grey of the urban landscape shows no sign of life waking up with the seasons. The theory of biophilia suggests that humans have an innate connection to nature, the coming of spring causes nature to wake up and this can have an effect of us making us more awake and happier.
This can change with the introduction of green spaces. Many cities do already have parks, allotments, sports fields, rivers and waterways which serve as small green pockets and corridors in the city. To add more of these green spaces is a challenge for urban planners, the ever increasing value of space in cities makes it hard to justify dedicating space to landscaping. Many building authorities insist on certain percentages of a scheme being dedicated to green space, so the logical choice has been to develop ways of bringing plants into wasted spaces. This is exactly what ANS Global is all about.
Living walls bloom with spring growth
The burst of life that spring brings can be added to the bleakest urban areas. A living wall makes use of an existing building façade and clads it in a living breathing ecosystem. As can be seen in this example of the ANS Living Wall at the University of York, the bulbs planted in the living wall form swathes of pink flowers.
In autumn, the leaves of specific plant types in the living wall will change colour much like those of deciduous trees. We make sure the living wall has sufficient evergreen planting to still give coverage and look stunning at all times of year.
Green roofs provide pollen
While many roofs might not be seen, the addition of a green roof will give a number of improvements. As the sedum flowers or wildflowers on the roof open in spring they provide a source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects. The plants also help purify the air; if spring is in the air, it should be clean air!