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

Lets welcome nature back into the city – Gary Grant

by | Jul 26, 2018

Welcoming nature back into the city is urgently needed. This theme was central to Gary Grant, of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd, who provided a demonstration of this works in practice.Gary provide simulation of a sever storm on an industrial unit with and without a green roof.

OK, the unit was from a train set, and the storms were provided by glasses of water. As in all good ‘street theatre’ a few things went wrong.However,  the application of a ‘sponge city’ green roof clearly soaked up the water. Ergo sum – green infrastructure works.

What we need to welcome nature back into the city

So all planners, architects and engineers need to let the war on nature be a thing of the past. Instead open your arms and your minds so that we can welcome nature back into the city.

You can also check out John Little’s video here.