Green roof Workshop – All You Need to Know – How to Build a Green Roof for Biodiversity

Want you can achieve - green roof workshop

What you can achieve from taking the course


All You Need to Know – How to Build a Green Roof for Biodiversity


Saturday 12th August 2017 from 10.00am – 5.00pm


Hilldrop, Laindon Road, Horndon on the Hill. Essex, SS17 8QB



Inspiring, practical and fun workshop!! 


Attaching & securing the metal frame

Creating your own green roof.


A small scale green roof construction  hosted at John Little’s own beautiful house and garden in Essex. Led by John Little and Dusty Gedge, this practical, hands-on course is inspiring and fun. Furthermore, the course has access to a range of existing green roofs both in the grounds of the workshop venue and in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The course will enable participants to learn about:

  • green roofs and their benefits
  • all the construction details from the roof deck to the plants
  • creation of wildlife habitats including local ecologies
  • selection and purchase of suitable plants and substrates to be used on a green roof

Participants will gain practical experience in green roof construction with guidance from the tutors. By the end of the course, participants will have an overview of the benefits of green roofs and how they can be designed, as well as the practical skills necessary to build a green roof for their garden shed or similar structure. Participants also receive free membership of the online Small Scale Green Roof Construction Guide.

A tour of small scale green roofs locally is also part of the workshop.

Course Leaders:

John Little

John LittleJohn has always loved plants and what they can do for people and urban space. In 1995 John built his own green roof home. This was the catalyst for a career change and in 1998 he founded the Grass Roof Company. He has since designed and built over 100 small green roof buildings, combining living roofs with habitat walls.

John is passionate about the importance of linking grounds maintenance to the residents that use the space. He campaigns to lift the profile and the importance decent, imaginative maintenance plays in helping to improve life and biodiversity within social housing estates. His company has looked after Clapton Park Estate in Hackney East London for 15 years. Based on this work, he has produced a sustainable grounds maintenance contract template that puts people first.

He has also launched a range of small green roof shelters based on second-hand shipping containers and designed portable structures.

John lives in Essex with his wife and two children.


Dusty Gedge

Dusty GedgeDusty Gedge – recognised leading authority on the design and implementation of green roofs, co-author of a guide to good landscape contracts guide and the Small-Scale Green Roof DIY Guide.

President of the European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy and founder of independent advisory organisation


Vegetarian lunch and refreshments provided – (tell us on the booking form about any specific dietary or access requirements)

Bring with you:

Water bottle, sturdy shoes/boots and outdoor clothing.