Greening our Urban Landscapes – combating climate change with technology and natural planting

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A new wave of nature conservation is emerging through designing sustainable and environmentally tuned landscapes. There is a drive to move away from formal high maintenance landscapes to naturalistic ones that are diverse and low maintenance. Today horticulturists and landscape designers are working together to redefine urban spaces to encourage nature in cities. Ideas can be developed for car parks, skyscrapers, roof tops, road verges and suburban gardens. Even though this land has been occupied by man over centuries the space can be redeveloped as an important place for nature to thrive. The loss of natural habitat around the world due to urbanisation and population growth is startling. It is for this very reason that landscape architects, garden designers and horticulturists must look at our cities with fresh eyes. Plantings need to have purpose in a time with unpredictable changes like flooding and drought due to climate change. It is more important than ever to plan for the future harnessing new technology and natural planting. Why can’t we have a meadow growing on skyscraper rooftops, wetland areas that purify clean drinking water, rain gardens and ecologically designed green walls and streets? We need to move forward in the right step to let nature thrive in every fragment of our landscape.

 

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