extensive green roof on a small shed

DIY Green Roof Guide

The online resource for building small scale green roofs on garden sheds, garages, house extensions and other small construction or retrofitting projects

a green roof on a new bike shelter

New Builds

A step by step guide to creating a SAFE and LEAK FREE green roof on a new small scale construction project. Learn from the vastly experienced authors how to accomplish it yourself or provide guidance to your contractors

poppy and harebell as green roof plants

Plant Lists

Planting suggestions focussed on native species that can provide the maximum biodiversity. Separate lists for the UK, Eastern USA & Canada, Mid-West USA

a small green roof on an electrical substation


Even the smallest of roof spaces can provide a small haven of beauty and a wildlife oasis. The retrofitting section advice can be used on garden sheds, cycle & bin shelters, the fundamentals remain the same!

gabion edge details of a green roof


From suggested screw sizes through edge details to drainage suggestions, John & Dusty take you through the process using text, photos, illustrations and videos

Green roof bin and bike stores

by | Oct 21, 2015

The Green roof bin and bike stores are currently resting up a greenrooftraining HQ. The Green roof bin and bike stores featured were back of a garden at Hampton RHS Garden Show back in August. They were designed and constructed by our sister company Greenroofshelters Ltd.


Green Roof Bin and Bike store

Bike Store

Green Roof Bin and Bike Stores on Social Housing

Although these were installed in a show garden, GRS have been providing these type of Green bin and bike stores for a number of social housing estates around the country – Wales to London. Seeing some of the kind of stores on our travels around country, most of pretty utilitarian. And some are quite ugly. We wanted to take the ideas and principles with our approach to small scale green roofs to create a new approach ot modular bin and bike stores. Of course the stores need to provide shelter and protection from the rain. That is a primary function.

Bike shelter with a green roof

Green roof bike shelter


However, by providing a flower rich habitat on Green bin and bike stores, we can provide small green infrastructure buildings that deliver more than just the primary function:

  • biodiversity – of course this is the first on the list because we at GRT want more wildlife in our cities
  • more biodiversity is delivered using the walls to provide a habitat for insects, especially pollinators
  • visual amenity – the look of most bin stores and bike shelters are pretty on attractive. These give residents looking down on them something of beauty to look at
  • even such small spaces, like rain gardens, can help to reduce local flooding
Green roof bin and bike stores

Side view with bicycle

Green roof bin and bike stores -adapted modular designs

The important thing here is that this aren’t designed to tick a box. They are designed to serve a real focus. Placing a simple sedum blanket onto a roof can tick the box, but the structure of the green roof bin and bike stores are designed to take a ‘good’ diverse green roof. This means that they are both resilient to drought and also provide a pocket habitat for a good range of insects. These are the principles that lead us to write this online guide and GRS is using to provide structures that perform.

Green roof bin and bike stores can brighten up a neighbourhood and provide a range of benefits. That is small scale green infrastructure in action.

For more information contact GRS