Green Walls (sometimes called Living Walls) are vertical structures covered with vegetation. You can either do this by planting trailing plants in containers and training them
up a system of wires, or by using a modular system which has pockets for the plants to grow in. The modular systems are usually made from recycled materials and; have a built-in irrigation system – they work best when there is an outdoor tap to connect too.
Some of the proven benefits of Green Walls include increased insulation - reducing heating costs in winter and keeping buildings cooler in summer. They measurably improve air quality and reduce pollution. They harvest excess rainwater and protect the wall against severe weather fluctuations, plus improving the aesthetic appeal, as well as being useful for obscuring unsightly structures.
Green Walls have been shown to improve mental well-being and work productivity in built-up areas and, of course, they can provide wildlife habitats and significantly increase available space for growing food in urban areas.
Incredible Edible Totnes is looking for sites in public places that might be suitable for one or more of these Green Walls. The walls would feature some ornamental plants in addition to edible ones to ensure that they remain attractive throughout the year.
We would, ideally, like to find two or three people living close to the site to keep an eye on the plants. As these systems are easy to maintain they are very suitable for anyone to deal with, even if you have reduced mobility.
If you know of an area and would like to discuss the possibility please get in touch with Briony. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also donate to the campaign to help establish Green Walls. When doing so, you can leave a comment about where you hope the funding will be used and if you would like to host a green wall yourself. Feel free to share with friends and neighbours: https://donorbox.org/incredible-edible-green-walls