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Interesting New Habitants on UK Skyline

As concern for the environment is growing stronger by the day, so is the hype around this eco-friendly trend.

Across the green rooftops of London, more beehives are being introduced to these sky-high farms, creating a buzz that has spread across the whole of the UK. It has recently come to light that the bee population has come in to decline over the past few years, leading to businesses and governments installing hives across popular buildings such as London Stock Exchange, Fortnum and Mason and even the Scottish Parliament building.

Despite common concern, the bees handle the height with ease and undergo a routine seasonal management, such as hive inspections and honey harvesting. However, each Spring, beekeepers manage the natural part of the bee’s life cycle, where the colony divides to reproduce. When leaving the colony, these swarms usually have up to 10,000 bees, potentially exposing the public to the risk of encountering them.

Other than leaving the rare unpleasant sting, bees are generally harmless and in fact, our ecosystems are heavily dependent on them. A third of the world’s food production relies upon bees as they pollinate 75% of the leading crops. Mark Patterson from London Beekeepers Association says that swarms often rise and settle in higher areas. Patterson recalled events of abseiling down buildings, calling in the fire brigade and even using window-washing platforms to collect swarms of bees across London’s high-rise hives. As the bees are maintained in high areas, the public is considered safe from any possible risks.

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In an act of improving the construction industry’s sustainability, the green roof trend has swept the UK, leaving thousands of buildings with many types of wildlife and vegetation platforms being placed on their rooftops. This ironic juxtaposition of the tall concrete buildings of the UK providing habitation for one of nature’s most delicate insects highlights the environmental barriers being broken to prevent drastic climate change. The construction industry is slowly but surely taking greater steps to maintaining sustainability and incorporating green roofs into our commercial and housing system is a subtle, ideal way of acknowledging the crisis that is currently hitting the ecosystem.

Adding a green roof to your structure not only saves the environment but can also save you a sum of money in a plethora of ways, primarily through a lack of energy usage. Green roofs offer a form of insulation to buildings with the thick soil and lush greenery only holding up to 25 degrees heat, whereas a standard roof that is exposed to the sun can heat up to 70 degrees. According to relevant research, green roofs can reduce air-conditioning demand in the summer by around 75%. This simultaneously saves your money and the environment, in addition to reducing noise pollution, increasing urban biodiversity and providing habitat for local wildlife.

There are two types of living roofs – extensive and intensive. Extensive gardens are lighter and cheaper to create and maintain, whereas intensive gardens are heavier and more expensive. For pre-existing homes, it is recommended to use an extensive design.

Over time, green roofs are set to transition into mainstream building, towards the higher end of construction as this aesthetic awakening has brought a sense of unity, bringing a pleasurable beauty and a new community to regions in the UK.

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