green walls

No half term holidays for Meristem this February!

No half term holidays for Meristem this February!

Meristem were at the forefront of the Mayor of London’s new drive to clean up our city’s air last week - installing green screens, as well as some other planting, in three schools around London during half term.

Wyvil Primary School in South Lambeth, Robin Hood Junior School in Sutton, and Christopher Hatton Primary School in Holborn are now the happy beneficiaries of our urban greening, providing a cleaner and healthier environment for their pupils to learn and play in.


Bespoke Green Screen Planters at School Provide Cleaner Air and Privacy

Bespoke Green Screen Planters at School Provide Cleaner Air and Privacy

Meristem returned to St Peter’s Eaton Square C of E School in the heart of London for a second phase of Pollution Reducing Green Screens to improve air quality in the playground for its pupils, staff, parents and visitors. 

Meristem installed 25m of 1m high Hedera Helix Woerner Green Screens in bespoke powder-coated steel planters. 

We also added an an internal Live Picture filled with 6 fern varieties at the top of the stairs where it can enjoy maximum visibility from the children and staff.

Meristem Build a 66mtr Living Wall for the RHS Hampton Flower Show

Meristem Build a 66mtr Living Wall for the RHS Hampton Flower Show

This week is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018! From 2nd to 8th July you can enjoy one of the largest flower shows in the world at the iconic location of Hampton Court Palace.

Meristem are delighted to have been asked to supply and design 66sqm of living wall at this years show! We have a 2 sided 30sqm wall at the main entrance and 36sqm living wall either side of the stage in the Festival of Roses.

Meristem Starts Rolling Out Green Screens at Schools as Part of the Mayor's Air Quality Drive

As part of Sadiq Khan’s plans to improve pollution 50 ‘air quality audits’ for primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London have taken place to identify hard-hitting measures to protect the children from toxic air.

During the Easter break Meristem installed Green Screens at Prior Weston Primary School in the City of London, this was the 1st school to be audited.  This project was successfully funded by City of London's City Air Project  and the construction company Taylor Wimpey.

We planted 40 ivy screens (1.2mx1.8m) along the fence of the playground, the planters were built on site from sleepers and lined with a membrane, creating vast amount of seating.

The screen covered a total of 46m and a height of 2m which has refreshed the school playground, bringing green to a grey space.  

Prior Weston School
Prior Weston School
Ivy Screens
Ivy Screens

The second school we completed during the Easter Break was St Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School located in an area of London that has high levels of air pollution from the volume of traffic in and around Victoria mainline station and Victoria National Bus station.

The project was funded by the Mayor’s Greener City Fund and Grosvenor Estates.

We planted a series of  ivy screens 2.3m high in 7 custom made planters along the rear wall between the busy road and the playground. Rosemary, mint, thyme and sage were planted at the base of the ivy screens. 5 olive trees were also planted with vinca minor and grasses, with a bench between 2 of them to create more seating.

The school also hopes to incorporate the green screen and planting into the children’s basic education about caring for the planet, including learning about the herbs and how to care for the all the plants. The school said they "want the children to become the adults who can help reduce the harmful impact of climate change and create a better London and world”.

Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School
Ivy Screens

Air Quality Benefits:

A recent study by the GLA and Defra at a school in Kensington showed:

‘The ivy screen led to a decrease in the pollution concentrations on the playground side of the screen by up to 36% and 41% for NO2 and PM10, respectively’.

The living ivy wall also increases biodiversity as it attracts insects, bees, butterflies and birds.  Ivy screens help to reduce noise pollution, acting as a vegetative acoustic barrier. Offering an attractive, aesthetic alternative to walls and fencing, turning grey spaces to green.

Little maintenance is required with drip line irrigation installed to help the ivy thrive and only yearly pruning needed.

If you have a school or building in a polluted area that can benefit from our green screens then contact us.

The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source:  BBC

The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source: BBC

Verdant Viaduct - Borough Market Living Wall

Come and see our latest living wall project at Borough Market.

This living wall is part of Better Bankside’s Urban Greening and Placemaking Initiatives which aim to improve the public realm in the local area.

The wall helps to reclaim a grey and unused space in the one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, as well as acting as a natural air filter.

We removed a section of a living wall that was struggling and added 82 plants to the main wall to give it a new lease of life. The existing plants were covered in dust and pollution particulates which all had to be cleaned.

We planted a combination of convolvulus arvensis, erysimum (‘Bowles’s Mauve), liriope muscaris, asplenium scolopendrium, polystichum tsus-simense and alpine flowering plants, including gypsophila and dianthus freynii. These were put in to complement the existing scheme of sarcococca ruscifolia, hedera (ivy) and fatsia japonica.

The project challenges included safely carrying out the works at a height of 6m next to a busy pub and in an area with high footfall.

We are very pleased by the outcome and looking forward to it thriving in the months ahead.

Please contact us for further information on our latest projects.

 

 

 

North Finchley Living Wall

Meristem were delighted to work on this exciting greening project in North Finchley. A substrate gravity-fed closed living wall system was installed to create a beautiful aesthetic focal point to the building. In addition to this a bespoke hanging planter system was designed and installed to form a vertical trailing effect of greenery through two floors.

Internal greening solutions are a fantastic way to maximise oxygenation and absorption of PM10s (small particles and dust) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in everyday items such as carpets, paint and cleaning products. Internal vegetation can improve wellbeing, productivity and performance and health whilst improving the internal environment.

Green Audit at BNP Paribas

We have recently undertaken a Green Audit review at the dual reception spaces at 20 Gracechurch Street, in the City of London. The audit was part of a wider project to refurbish the interior and exterior spaces that lead in from Gracechurch Street and George Yard into the BNP Paribas managed office building.

We undertook a review of the light levels, current interventions, and potential for adding greenery. Please see images below of our before and after renders, which form part of our ongoing collaboration with BNP Paribas. Watch this space!

Travels Abroad - living walls everywhere

On a recent trip to Australia and Indonesia we stumbled across living walls everywhere. Have a look at the fantastic planting, the succulents were thriving. We need to have more living walls in public spaces in the UK, Indonesia and Australia seem to be years ahead of us in terms of urban greening.

Living Wall Adelaide

Forever Beta's Green Offices

Take a look at the photo's from our recent install at East London based, Forever Beta's new office space. We think our planting scheme has really made this space sing!

Our brief was to 'green-up' Forever Beta's new office space and add some tactility. The blank canvas of a pared back, industrial warehouse with exposed services was a great start. Our key planting elements complement the industrial style in their metal simple forms. We also added a nod to Forever Beta's signature red logo in the use of red rope for hanging planters. Our design is made up by 4 key planting elements.

 

Hanging Pots

We love the versatility of these planters. With the ability to hook onto one another, you can create a pillar of greenery, or a singular basket of green beauty. A mix of trailing plants work well in this planter since it adds to the overall vertical hanging effect the planters have. We used Vinca minor, Hoya linearis, Tradescantia zebrine, Asplenium scolopend, and Philodendron scandens. We positioned the hanging pots in key locations to frame spaces, such as by pillars or to frame the tea point.

Trailing Trays

Adding planting to the ceiling area is a great way to achieve maximum greenery impact. Often office spaces are so fully occupied with furniture and people that a pot plant easily goes a miss. Raising the plants towards the ceiling helps them get noticed. We designed a series of trays to hang from the signature Forever Beta red rope from the ceiling. Similar to the hanging pots, the trays helped frame the space and added an industrial element to the existing exposed services of the building. We planted Cissus rhombifolia and Ellen danica .

Bottle Buckets

These vintage bottle bins are a great find, a brilliant creative reuse for planters. They are on castors meaning they can be moved around the office space. The substantial metal planters and plants that will continue to fill out, create a visual and acoustic barrier in the office space. The mix of tropical type plants which are great for indoor use were; Epipemnum aureum, Phlebodium 'Blue Star', Alocasia x amazonica, Tradescantia zebrine, Aspenium scolopend Crispa, Howea foresteriana, Zamioculus zamiifolia.

Succu-love

In Forever Beta's new darkly painted boardroom, we chose terracotta planters and a mix of cacti and succulents to give the space a desert like feeling. We particularly love the giant cacti that stands proud and majestic central boardroom. Using the window cill for lining up the mini cacti and succulents means the sun entering on these beauties will fuel their growth.