6 June: MK Council is marking world green roof day today, which highlights the benefits green roofs bring to people and nature.
Last year, the council teamed up with Bridgman and Bridgman to install 15 pioneering green roofs on bus stop shelters across the city in the biggest project of its kind.
Each of the green roofs are constructed from recycled waste plastic equal to 18,720 carrier bags (more than 332,000 in total) – and their construction has recycled over five tonnes of waste plastic and provided more than eight tonnes of CO2 emission savings. Additionally, the green roofs increase biodiversity by creating a microhabitat for insects and birds.
There are proposals to expand the green roof projects to commercial buildings in the city. Leader of MK Council, Cllr Pete Marland visited the new YMCA building in Central Milton Keynes to see its live green roof. The roof currently has vegetables growing on it, including cabbages and cucumbers and is also home to 200,000 bees.
“This is a fantastic way of improving biodiversity and signals our ambitions of becoming one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. There’s huge potential for more businesses to do this in Central Milton Keynes and I’d strongly encourage them to do so.
“Climate change is serious and we all have a responsibility to do our bit to save the planet and preserve wildlife. I look forward to continuing our work with Bridgman and Bridgman to help us become carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050.” - Cllr Pete Marland
To be able to demonstrate the positive impact of new and retrofit green roofs in Milton Keynes is a big step forward to becoming carbon neutral, and eventually, carbon negative. The live lab roof at Saxon Court, supported by Milton Keynes Council, attracted local and national attention and it was a perfect opportunity to engage with people and nature. I'm pleased this roof lives on as part of the YMCA, and provides a blueprint for future development. - Chris Bridgman, Bridgman & Bridgman LLP