RHS ask Meristem to ‘green up’ their exhibition stand at the Landscape Show

For the second year running the RHS have chosen to use Meristem as their green provider for the LandscapeShow. 

Where: Battersea Park, London 

When: Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September 2018

The RHS will be on stand G11, promoting show garden applications. 

Landscape is the UK’s leading trade event dedicated to bringing the industry together. The show attracts garden designers, architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond.

Meristem's herb living wall at Make More Festival showcased on the BBC

Meristem had a pop-up herb living wall at this years Make More Festival

Filled with lemon balm, purple basil, flowering lemon thyme, pink rosemary, tricolor sage and 5 varieties of mint (grapefruit, pineapple, basil, berries and cream, orange and buddleia mint).

The wall was located in Anna Greenland’s (the award award winning organic gardener and grower) allotment plot + urban balcony packed with vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, showing innovative ways of growing in small spaces! 

Thousands of creative makers and entrepreneurs gathered at Victoria Park for the 5 day festival, celebrating the maker movement – bringing together gardening tips, crafts, visual art, immersive performances, music and food and drink.

Meristem Design Awarded Contract to Provide Green Screens to Lambeth Council

Lambeth Council has always been one of the more innovative local authorities in combating air pollution for their residents. Their latest initiative involves selecting a number of schools in the most polluted areas of the borough in order to install our Green Screens to reduce air pollution by an average of 40%.

Meristem Design are already working with over 12 of London boroughs including: Westminster, Ealing, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Islington and Hammersmith in regards to similar green screen projects for their schools. 

We have also started work on the original 50 of the most polluted schools on the Mayor of London's Air Quality List and so we're delighted to be selected by Lambeth for this exciting new project.

If your school is in a polluted area, please get in touch to see if you are eligible for this round of funding from the Mayor.  We can can carry out a free Green Screen audit and even assist you through the application process.

eOffice and Meristem team up to create London’s greenest serviced office provider

eOffice, one of the most dynamic office providers offering shared workspaces in more than 120
cities, across 60 countries.

Meristem have greened up several of their offices including their head office in Fitzrovia.

We used a combination of ferns, epipremnum aureums, philodendrons and aeschynanthus in wall
mounted planters. Adding planting to the walls is a great way to achieve a maximum greenery
impact and use up as little space as possible.

The added greenery in theses offices have created a relaxed working environment.

The concept of biophilia (meaning love of nature) highlights an innate connection and attraction
between humans, nature and natural processes, which more recently has been recognised as a
key consideration when designing and developing workspaces.

Biophilic Design is a way of creating places where we live and work that improves our
relationship with nature. Interior planting will clean the air, improve health and wellbeing, reduce
stress and increase productivity and creativity in the workplace.

“Plants at eOffice add more than just a decorative touch. eOffice spaces are designed to help
businesses thrive in an exciting, focused environment. A place of work should inspire coworkers,
and we understand that bringing some flora into the workplace can improve employee
satisfaction, health, and increase productivity” Helen Davis, Operations at eOffice.

One of the occupants Jeff, Managing Director at Tandem Recruitment, tells us “it is really nice
coming into an office surrounded by plants compared to boring, plain walls. The greenery was
one of the things that attracted me to eOffice as it creates a cool, calm environment”.

Our latest installation in their head office is a living wall filled with Boston Ferns.

This Live Picture is available in five different sizes and is filled with plants of your choice. A
watering system is integrated in the frame to ensure plants are provided with water for 4 to 6
weeks.

If you are interested in our interior greening services then please get in contact!

Meristem’s Mojito bar for Soho Farmhouse and Bacardi

Meristem designed, supplied and installed a mint living wall for Soho Farmhouse for an event with Bacardi.

Soho Farmhouse is a member’s club in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside and part of the global private members club Soho House & Co.

This 5sqm wall surrounded the bar and included 12 varieties of mint:

Orange, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Chocolate, Eau de Cologne, Swiss, Moroccan, Black Peppermint and Basil.

The mint was used in the mojitos for a fantastic event in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

Our living walls are the perfect space saving solution for you to grow a variety of plants and edibles (herbs, fruit and vegetables) vertically.

The option of automatic irrigation creates an easily maintainable vertical garden.

Our panels come in the following sizes (height x width):

  • 2mx1m

  • 2mx0.5m

  • 1mx1m

  • 1mx0.5m

Contact us now if you would like to know more!

 

Meristem install Pop-Up Parklets for Residents to try out in Hackney

Hackney council is offering residents the chance to design their own Parklets to replace parking spaces on their streets.

The trial was launched last week with two Parklets on show on Broadway Market, one of which was Meristem’s pop-up Parklet with trees.

The scheme supports the installation of 15 parklets across the London borough. The trials will run from one to six months, after which the council will decide whether to make the parklets permanent.

The council is offering successful applicants grants of up to £150 towards the cost of creating their parklets. Residents will have to cover any additional costs themselves.

Initial applications can be made between 25 July and 26 August 2018

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “We’re delighted to deliver on our commitment to residents to launch a residential parklets scheme. This is in line with the ambition in our Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan to make sure that by 2025, Hackney has the most liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods and streets in London.

“Only 35% of households in Hackney own a car. Our parklets scheme will help reclaim our streets from the car and open up spaces to the whole community. By encouraging local people to join forces and host their own parklets, they will not only be able to make their street a better place, but work with their neighbours in the process. I can’t wait to see the ideas we get, and look forward to visiting the finished parklets.”

Read more about it here.

Contact us if you are a resident in Hackney and are applying for a community Parklet. We can design, supply and install a custom made Parklet for any budget!

Meristem pick up award in recognition of On-Street Community Parklets

Sustainable City Awards Meet the Winners

A fantastic night celebrating all things sustainable at the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) Sustainable City Awards earlier this month. 

We were delighted to pick up an award in recognition of our ‘On-Street Community Parklets’ in the Healthier City category. 

Congratulations to all the other winners and shortlisted candidates! 

These awards, founded by the City of London Corporation in 2001, is an annual event showing that solutions to make our cities and neighbourhoods healthier, less wasteful and more attractive are in no short supply.  

Funding is now open for Green Screens from the Mayor's Office

Green Screens

If your school is in a polluted area of London then you will be eligible to apply for grant funding to cover the cost of Green Screens from the Mayor’s office. We also supply custom made planters and automated irrigation system with on-going maintenance.

In London alone there are over 700 schools that are eligible for funding. If your school is next to a busy road then it may well be eligible. If you are not sure whether your school is on the list then contact us now.

We can carry out a no obligation site audit for the green screens and help with completing the application form.

Our Green Screens have been shown to reduce pollution by 36-41%.

Contact us for more information on our screens and the funding available.

The Fantastic RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018

Last week was the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and what a success it was!

RHS Greeening Grey Britain

Living walls were a large feature of the show and Meristem were delighted to supply, design and install 66sqm.

Our wall at the main entrance, known as the Instagram wall, was photographed by thousands throughout the week. Check out the hashtag #RHSHampton to see numerous photos of it and the rest of the show.

Some of our highlights included Piet Oudolf’s mesmerising meadow-like border with a combination of herbaceous perennials and grasses for colourful, year-round interest.

Dave Green’s fantastic Evolution Dome let us evolve through the roots of time as you walked through 450 million years of plant evolution.

The river of flowers - thousands of Verbena bonariensis over 6ft high sweeping alongside the water.

And of course the Rose Theatre filled with amazing colour and smells, as well as another of our living walls - a total of 36sqm either side of the stage.

This is where we held 2 successful presentations with large crowds coming to hear us speak about Greening Grey Britain.

We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did, you can watch the RHS video highlights here and spot our living walls!!

Contact us now if you are interested in getting a living wall.

Car Free Street Party in Marylebone

Meristem involved in another fun car free street party with St Mary’s Bryanston Square Primary School and Sustrans.

Enford Street was closed to traffic between 3.00 and 5.15 for a Street Party, focussing on clean air and road safety.  Parents, children and locals experienced what a green, car free street could be like.

There were lots of fun things to do, including craft and cycling activities, and information about how the Marylebone Low Emissions Neighbourhood group is trying to reduce air pollution.

Our Pop-up Parklet with hay bales, lawn turf, trees and bunting added greenery and seating.

Meristem are working with many schools across London to add greenery to their playgrounds and to help protect the children from the highly toxic pollution.

Click here to read more about our Green Screens and the latest projects we have carried out.