City centre living is particularly popular with young professionals and students in the UK’s most cosmopolitan locations. Manchester in particular has experienced massive growth in the population of the core city centre over the last decade and a half, and other cities are experiencing a similar increase in the popularity of city centre living.
Living in the city poses difficulties if you’re conscious of making an effort to be kinder to the environment, as most properties don’t have any outdoor space. So that you don’t have to compromise, we’ve come up with some clever ideas for being eco-friendly; even if you don’t have a garden, you can always grow one vertically. According to research conducted by scientists, ‘green walls’ in urban areas could cut pollution by up to 30%, so even city slickers can do their bit to help the environment.
If your block of flats has a disused roof area, you could contact the developers about installing a roof garden. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called for more of the capital’s roof space to be converted into garden areas to benefit the city’s ecosystem. Some local authorities even offer grants for owners looking to take on the project, and it could increase a property’s worth by up to £150,000, so it’s an attractive option for both developers and homeowners. For more information about rooftop gardens, check out this Daily Mail article.
If you’re up for trying something a little more quirky, then innovative ‘green walls’ might interest you. A large frame is fitted to an outside wall and the depth is lined with recycled plastic bags that are stuffed with soil. Over time, vegetation will begin to grow, giving the impression that the wall itself is made of greenery. This again is great for insects, and if you plant flowers you could be assisting the bee population in the area as well as reducing pollution.
Fitting trellising to the outside walls of your property and letting ivy crawl up it is a great way to ensure your home doesn’t look too industrial, as city centre houses and flats often do. Trellising is made out of natural materials, so you won’t be adding to toxins already present in the environment and you’ll be giving insects a place to inhabit in an otherwise scarce location. All you’ll need is some cheap trellising and a power drill, which can easily be bought online from somewhere like Anglia Tool Centre.