British Flora Green Roof Brochure Available Now!

As announced in BALI News, we are pleased to launch the BritishFlora Green Roof Brochure.

This is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of biodiverse green roofing and sedum green roofs. Download here British Flora – Green Roofing Brochure

BritishFlora as the premier specialist grower of plants for biodiverse green roofs provides professional advice and guidelines for all green roof specialists and those who wish to improve their knowledge and expertise.

The guide provides information on plant species, substrates, water attenuation and case studies.

For any further advice and information on green roofs or a list of available plants, please contact the office.

Email: info@britishflora.co.uk

Tel:01684 212027

Or use our contact form

or visit our green roof information page.

Green Roof – Water Attenuation – Product News

Reduce Rainfall Run-Off on Green Roof and Improve Irrigation

Aquaten Blue Green Roof is designed to be used in the build up to a living roof system as well as a remedial improvement to failing green roofs through poor water attenuation. Aquaten can be retro-fitted where drying out of the roof system has led to failing plants.

The geo-composite mesh containing an absorbent polymer acts together with the two layers of wickable geotextile to reduce rainfall run-off and may provide a valuable reservoir or passive irrigation system for living roof plants.

Recent testing has produced very promising results and the leading expert on living roofs – Dusty Gedge has commented on how well Aquaten addresses some of the irrigation problems associated with periods of no rainfall.

Read the full information or download the product details BlueGreenRoofproductinfo

All of your native British wildflowers in JUMBO PLUG sizes!

All of your native British wildflowers in JUMBO PLUG sizes!

For autumn this year we have introduced 65cc plugs as our standard plug size for all of our wildflowers from our nursery. These plugs are a developed plant not a seedling and our compost contains a starter charge of fertiliser that ensures a controlled release of nutrients to ensure rapid establishment.

 

British Flora – native British wildflower plug plants are grown in a peat free environment in our purpose-built-nursery. Seed comes from either our own seed bank or from trusted fellow Flora Locale subscribing sources.

For habitat creation, remediation or native species green roofs. To create a wildflower meadow, an area for pollinators or a wildlife conservation area or just a lawn full of wildflowers.  

Introduce some jumbo wildflower plugs next year to your garden or your next project – to create an instant effect.Red campion
Wildflower jumbo plug trays of 84 are available from now.

Call our sales office for more information on how to create a wildflower area!

 

British Flora Aware of Bees’ Needs – A call to action for our pollinators!

Bees’ Needs –  A call to action for our pollinators!  – Wildlife Trusts Projects

When British Flora was asked by Victoria Harvey of South Beds Friends of the Earth to donate some more wildflowers as seed last year, we were thrilled to help to keep a project going that we had been involved with from the start. Originally British Flora had donated a range of wildflower plugs for the project at Leighton Buzzard station as part of Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard.  Wonderfully the Keep the Buzz project has continued to progress and to flourish into what it is today.

British Flora is currently featured in a case study on the Bees’ Needs – A call to action for our pollinators which is featured on the Wildlife Trust website.

The Keep the Buzz project is still growing in Leighton Buzzard and the place was voted a bee friendly town in 2014. More projects are underway with encouragement for people in the town to participate in many of them – so there are likely to be a lot more happy bees in Leighton Buzzard in the future!

Download the pdf and see the other case studies – Or go and find out about the Bees’ Needs projects in your area:

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/bees-needs

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/leighton_buzzard_case_study.pdf

South Beds FOE are still looking for volunteers to help keep the grass long by raking up the dead grass to keep the grass healthy and for more areas of grassland to donate to the bees and wildlife. Contact them for more details here.

 

 

Wildflower Seed Mix- Bee Heaven!

British Flora Annuals Wildflower Seed Mix – Bee Heaven!

The great thing about wildflowers is their amazing relationship to all kinds of pollinating insects. If you want to help  the bee population to thrive in your garden, sow some wildflower annuals for amazing colour and a dramatic effect. Sown in the autumn they will sit and get ready in the soil for the next summer season to take hold and when the sunny weather sets in, you will enjoy the benefits.

Liz Powell, British Flora ecologist and consultant with Ecohab, sowed some leftovers last autumn. She used British Flora Annuals Wildflower Seed Mix in her own garden and now has a wonderful habitat for native bees!

“I planted British Flora Annuals Wildflower Mix in my garden last autumn  – I had them left over from a green roof job  – and look at the stunning display. Gives me so much pleasure to see it covered in our native bumblebees!”

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Wildflowers Standing Tall in Liz’s Garden

Images from the garden of Liz Powell – Ecohab Consultancy 

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British Flora Annuals Seed Mix in Full Bloom!

 

 

 

 

 

British native annuals only have our short summertime to show off their colourful blooms.

They have to compete hard to attract the attention from the bees and other pollinating insects. That’s what makes them stand out!

 

Thank you to Liz for kindly sending us her photographs  – so that we can all enjoy the display!

Anna Taylor  for British Flora

British Flora and River Wandle Trust

British Flora is happy to publicise an announcement from The River Restoration Centre – RRC  – about a forthcoming event on 30th April at the River Wandle and Hogsmill in South London.

Having supplied the River Wandle Trust with a large quantity of native British sedges, rushes, reeds, grasses, wildflower plugs and plants for the project since last Autumn – we wish them every success with the future of the project and the event. Continue reading

Winter Planting – Wetland Plants!

PlantingWetland Plants  – When to Plant or When Not to Plant – That is the Question!

While we are in a spell of reasonably mild winter weather the question is what can be planted safely at this time of year.

Whilst there are risks to planting in the winter months, wetland plants are possibly at more risk when planted in the main part of the UK summer – June to August  – because of the possibility of there being drought conditions and the resulting drying out of the plants, unless there is good irrigation.

There are risks to any planting. This time of year the risks are that the weather is very upredictable. There is also the consideration that the wetland plants which are available in our nursery are not looking at their best, so the planting won’t look presentable for quite a while!

Those that choose to plant out now, may get ahead of their planting schedules and as long as they are prepared to take the consequences  – if the plants should become victims to weather extremes -then the choice is theirs!

Are You Better Off Sowing Wildflower Seed This Autumn?

Autumn News – Sowing Wildflower SeedsWildlife wildflower seed mix

It is now believed that the optimum sowing time for seeds is between August and the end of October since this is when most seeds tend to shed naturally. Although sowing in springtime is often favoured there are many benefits to sowing in the autumn and it is now becoming a more recognised and accepted practice.

Here are some of the benefits to sowing in the autumn:

  • Seeds that are sown during August and October often germinate quicker.
  • Autumn sown wildflowers tend to flower earlier the following spring as they benefit from winter ground frost to kick start their germination – the frost will help to break the dormancy of the newly sown seeds.
  • A higher percentage of moisture is absorbed by the seed during the winter, creating the ideal growing conditions for the seed to germinate.
  • There is a reduction in the risk of bird damage as there is greater availability of other food for the birds.

 

Although there are benefits to sowing in the autumn, there are a few things to remember:

  • Do not sow the seeds later than October, unless a warm / mild winter is expected as too much frost too early can cause direct damage to the seed, resulting in the seed being killed off.
  • Waterlogged soil or heavy soil during the winter has no benefit to the seed and the seed will begin to rot rather than germinate. If you wish to plant a wildflower mix into heavy / damp soil it is often advised to wait until the following March – April to prevent the risk of rotting the seeds.

Read the full details in our download document: Autumn News

See our download – How to create a Wildflower Meadow

Leighton Buzzard Station

Recently it has been reported by South Bedfordshire’s Friends of the Earth that the help British Flora gave to the Leighton Buzzard Station Project meant that a new area of wildlife habitat creation is to be the object of a visit from the Environment Minister this year.

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British Flora stepped in as a sponsor when South Bedfordshire F O E needed some help to plant an area around Leighton Buzzard Station. It is now an established wildlife area and will be visited by the Environment Minister on Thursday 3rd July at around 9.15.

Victoria Harvey from South Beds Friends of the Earth has explained:

Lord De Mauley who is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science, will be arriving at Leighton Buzzard station at 9.11 am with the local  MP Andrew Selous and the Leader  of the Town Council  Cllr Perham  and will go to  platform one to see the  wildlife area.”

“Lord de Mauley  has been responsible for the National Pollinator Strategy which the Government should be launching in the next month or two. He is visiting about  five areas in Leighton  Buzzard to see the work in urban areas on creating bee habitats. He is here for about and hour and a half and will be taking the 10.53 train back  to London. …. I am very keen that he sees the successes but becomes aware of what it takes to create such a project and how many people are involved. It is very easy for the government to  think that creating wildlife areas is  a straightforward process. “BFS1-Dry-Sandy-Soil-Wildflower-Seed-Mix

Victoria goes on to say that..

“It would be great if Liz  from British Flora (and Ecohab Consultancy) could be at platform one, the southern end  on Leighton Buzzard station at 9 am to be ready for Lord De Mauley being there at about 9.12  There will also be some of our volunteers and Colin Carpenter from  the Community Tree  Trust  and managers form London Midland.”

“….The key point is that when we  started  British Flora gave us advice  and   about  200 pounds worth of plugs and  wildflower seed which made a huge difference. The wildflower mix that you sold  and we used at  our site by the River Ouzel was the best wildflower seed that I have used. ”

…..”Many thanks –Victoria”

Everyone at British Flora wishes Victoria and the project lots of success in the BFS9future..

For information on South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth  www.southbedsfoe.co.uk

For more information or advice on British Provenance Native wildflowers, Green Roof, Wetland Plants or any other products – please contact info@britishflora.co.uk or visit http://www.britishflora.co.uk

http://www.foe.co.uk/groups/southbeds/

Reed Beds

Naturally occurring wetlands have a natural, innate ability to remediate contaminants from water.

Over the decades BritishFlora have supplied many millions of reeds, Phragmites communis, for both habitat creation projects such as bird reserves to attract bittern, bearded tit and water rails, to name but a few. Common Reed is commonly planted to help with the cleaning of contaminated water due to it’s phytoremediation properties in constructed wetlands.

A constructed wetland is a man made water treatment facility duplicating the processes Farnboroughoccurring in natural wetlands. Constructed wetlands are complex, integrated systems in which water, plants, animals, microorganisms and the natural elements interact to improve water quality.

If they are correctly designed, built, operated and maintained, constructed wetlands can effectively remove many pollutants associated with stormwater or municipal and industrial Lagoondischarges. Well balanced systems are particularly efficient at removing contamination such as BOD, suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus, hydrocarbons and heavy metals.

However, reedbeds for such purposes require some maintenance and correct initial design for them to function and mature over many years.

For over two decades BritishFlora have been involved in many hundreds of the country’sMorlais premier constructed reedbed projects for a wide range of applications as listed below.

BritishFlora’s wealth of experience in this field, particularly in plant selection, innovative design and value engineering construction as well as subsequent aftercare management, puts us at the forefront of this rapidly emerging industry.

  • Human sewage (single use to communities of upwards of 700 people)
  • Fish farming waste; marine and freshwater
  • Mine water discharges
  • Landfill leachates
  • Abattoir waste
  • Farmyard slurries and nutrient rich field runoff
  • Vegetable processing waste
  • Fire fighting foam
  • Road and airport runoff
  • SUDS: Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • Balancing ponds and attenuation ponds