Sedum roofs – the attractive material for pollinators

The vision of the UK government’s National Strategy for Pollinators is to “see pollinators thrive, so that they can carry out their essential service to people of pollinating flowers and crops, while providing other benefits for our native plants, the wider environment and food production for all of us.”

Through this 10 year strategy, and with the co-operation of UK citizens in every environment from farming to gardening, as well as partnerships with businesses, the UK government believes that taking simple actions in five key areas will help to protect our environment and its natural pollinators. The number one action of those listed is to grow more flowers, shrubs, and trees that provide pollen and nectar.

International pollinator policy

Because sedum roofs and matting answer that call to action, designers in the UK and around the world are incorporating sedum roofs into their projects. For example, environmentalists in Norway recently created a bee highway in Oslo by planting terraces and rooftops with pollinator-friendly sedum. In the USA, the lovely modular pods of the living sedum roof at the newly opened Betty Ford Alpine Garden Educational Center were the talk of its opening ceremony, and recently too, the New York Times reported a hive of activity from pollinators who turned up in their hundreds to forage on the three acres of sedum plants being laid on the roof of Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, surprising the busy workforce!

Fact: Pollinating insects love sedums

Butterflies and bees love all varieties of sedum, but so do all pollinating insects and by simply planting it we in the UK can expand the shelter, food and nest sites needed for the 1,500 pollinator species in England. Every small patch of sedum matting that replaces a grey slab or an old shed roof will help nature to enhance our environment.

Designing a low maintenance sedum roof

Sedum plants are low maintenance and here at Enviromat we can help you design your green roof with maintenance in mind. We also provide continuing professional development talks for architects and accredited presentations. Whether your project covers a large or small space, you can be a part of the UK’s strategy to help pollinators.