Sedum Green Roof Benefits

A green roof can provide important microclimates for insects, bird life and other even rare species.

What is a Green Roof?

Green Roof installation Recent worry about our carbon footprint and sustainability has seen interest grow in energy efficient and sustainable green roofs and living roofs.

Green roofs can provide important microclimates for insects, bird life and other even rare species. Basically, it is a living roof which is placed on a building instead of a conventional roof creating a bio-diverse eco roof.

A few benefits of a Green Roof:

  • Helping to control water in areas of flash flooding as it absorbs more water slowing the release of rainwater.
  • It can be used as a filtration method to capture water for use as brown water for flushing toilets etc.
  • Some research has been done to shown that a green roof such as a Sedum Roof can help with insulation during colder months and a cooling effect during hotter times.
  • benefits of green roof - insects and wildlifeOne of the most popular reasons for having a green roof is that it increases the biodiversity of wildlife including insects and birdlife.
  • Many feel a green roof is so much more attractive to look at than a conventional tiled roof.
  • A green roof will also filter pollutants like carbon dioxide in the air, lowering the carbon footprint.
  • It can increase the roof life considerably and could help increase the real estate value of your property.

At Sedum Green Roof we can supply different types of living roofs including Extensive, Intensive and semi intensive.

Components of Green RoofWe are happy to offer a range of service from simply helping you choose the correct plants to actually building/adapting your roof. On other pages on the site you can see how to make a green roof, the advantages of a green roof and DIY methods.

Our team of experienced and qualified staff will be happy to answer any questions you have, offer advise on the type of roof and quantities you need to order. Give us a call on 01747 830176. We are open 9 AM to 4 PM Monday to Friday. Please do leave a message if you are calling after hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can email us.

More about Buying Sedum

Just back from the sun avoiding snowy Britain

16th March      

Have just returned from Thailand having had the most wonderful holiday. While everyone at home was shovelling snow we were basking in 34 degrees of sun!

Drinkies by the shore
Nice and warm here!

Luckily no damage at the farm although cut off completely for a few days.  Hopefully this weekends amber warning will not be as bad.  Lovely break and glad we missed it all!  The sedum is being planted in the polytunnels so for those wanting sedum roofs let us know and help the environment!


Sedum drowning in mud

Mud and more mud life in the country!

…and more mud


The endless battle with the mud.  Today however we have sunny weather, still the fields are really too wet to do much.  The polytunnels have the modular S Pods in and they are looking great.  Matty has laid some with daffodils which look so pretty, hopefully Spring will be with us soon. The track to the farm is so bad but there is nothing we can do until we have a prolonged dry spell and we can start to repair!  Today is lovely though.  Been a quiet month but I think everyone has suffered with either colds or the weather has just been so awful no one fancies putting up a green roof!

Storm Georgina and The Damage at Lower Leigh

January 28th

Storm Georgina did some major damage on the fields of Lower Leigh over the past few days.  The fields are completely sodden and the tractor is doing so much damage that we are trying to keep any vehicles off the fields.  The wind managed to whip the black mats up which the Sedum is grown on and the S-Pods or modular Sedum Trays were scattered all over the place.  Thanks to Pete Ruth and Matty most of it is all back safe and sound.  I just wish this awful wet weather would stop so that the fields can dry out and we can get some work done.

Sedum fields at Lower Leigh after storm Georgina. The mud is awful

However on a brighter side the Daffodils are beginning to raise their heads and Brian, our resident Peacock is growing his summer tail, so something maybe happening!

In the meantime we have been spending time clearing the barns and preparing for our next big Sedum orders.  This year looks as though its going to be a good year as we have several huge orders lined up.  We are looking for help, anyone in the Shaftesbury area who would like some spring/summer work on the fields here at Lower Leigh, do ring Caroline in the office, 01747 830176 It will mainly involve looking after the Sedum Mats and preparing the Sedum Modular trays and then preparing orders etc.  If you can drive a tractor it would be useful.

Every one seems to have gone down with this awful cold/flu which leaves you coughing for weeks.  I thought I had escaped it but no….arrived yesterday.  So today am huddling in the warmth of my studio finishing my painting of Vicky.  Vicky is a circus hoop teacher and I love what she does so decided to paint it.  Here below is one days work.

Vicky on the hoop.

Off to clean my wellies now which are so caked in clay that it is almost impossible to walk in them.  Roll on the Spring.

Elaine Carp  Director Sedum Green Roof

Case Studies

We will be adding a great deal more pictures and articles surrounding our new work for 2018.

At the moment we are completing work on all the flat roofs in Carnaby St London.  Due to security I cannot publish all photos but will try and get some to show you.

Sedum Green Roof has also been working on major projects for Marks and Spencers as well as many others all around Britain.

Now the new site is up we can post all sorts of information on our latest projects. New pictures and updates will be published soon.

New Year, New Website

20th January 2018

New website now up and running which is great excitement.  Thanks to the wonderful Shalini who has been helping us get it up and running.  Now, hopefully you will get more blogs and updates.

Lower Leigh Farm
Lovely view from the window at Lower Leigh Farm

I can just see the beginnings of my bulbs coming up which is a sure sign that Spring won’t be too far away I hope.  Been really wet and cold here.  Unfortunately the farm is based on clay so the fields are very sodden.  Not ideal for dog walking!

We lost our lovely old labrador Bob before Christmas.  He was just under 18 years old which is a pretty good innings.  We do still have our lovely Bruce here though and he is the same age and doing well.

Bob and Bruce
Picture of Bob and Bruce painted by myself

Above is a recent painting I did of the two dogs.  Bob, who passed away is on the left.  Bruce is still very much alive and active.  He suffers from terrible arthritis but is under medication.  They have had a wonderful life on the farm and spend lots of time up on the Sedum Fields with our main man Matti.

Once the rain has stopped I will start taking fresh photos and publish them.

In the meantime a very Happy New Year to everyone.


Elaine Heseltine Carp, Director at Sedum Green Roof



Interesting Summer

Interesting summer.  Boiling hot and lots of people complaining that their sedum had turned red. This often happens when there is no rain for ages.  A quick good watering should help.  The sedum will be fine though. Its just under a bit of stress.  Pretty hard to kill it off!

New website is coming together now.  Should be live fairly soon.  That will be a bit of excitement but am madly hoping I can get some more pictures as most of the pictures taken by clients tends to be on their iPhones which is not really high enough quality for the websites nowadays.  So if you do take any pics try and send them high res or raw as this would be great to put on the site.

Lovely picture of our very old labrador dog Bob (17) walking across the sedum on the farm. Just goes to show you can walk on it with no damage!

Some other pictures I have also included to show you how well the sedum has been growing on the farm this year.  More updates later but hopefully on a brand new site soon.

Elaine Carp, Director, Sedum Green Roof

5th July 2017: New Website Being Built

Been waiting to update the site to make it mobile friendly so haven’t been on here for ages as I thought it was about to happen! These things always take longer than you think.

Well its been a very busy month. The lovely weather is great but we have had loads of phone calls about the state of some peoples Sedum. If it goes red don’t panic but it is probably a little stressed. It has been very hot! I suggest if you can give it some water, just spray with a hose pipe. Some help like miracle grow is a good idea as well. You can buy an adapter to put on your hose pipe which will incorporate the fertiliser as you spray, it works very well. Don’t worry too much most of the time there is no problem, they are pretty hardy plants. Make sure if you can that any weeds are taken out.

Sedum is growing well and the field is looking very tidy and lush.

Lots of birds this year on the farm, we seem to have had the best year for the owls and the Kestrels but the Jackdaws are taking over which is a pain.

Excited about the new site which hopefully won’t be long now and all mobile friendly!

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof

16 January 2017: An Update

Been a busy few weeks. Everyone now back in the stride of getting all the sedum planted up and tidying up the fields ready for the spring. Matty and Co now have a lovely little hut with woodburning stove to keep them happy when its cold and windy, and wet as now!! Chickens still shut away due to the Defra constraints and the bird flu outbreak. I hope it doesn’t get too bad, I would hate to see all the culling as there has been in France and the rest of Europe.

We are trying to update the website and make it more user friendly, especially for mobile users. There have been a few problems due the the fact we have to change the language but hopefully all will be resolved soon. Please bear with us if you have any problems, we are trying to rectify everything now.

Hope you have all got over your new year celebrations and lets hope 2107 is going to be a great year! It will be interesting if nothing else!

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof