31 August 2017

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

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

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 bare 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

12th December 2016

Well, been ages since I have updated. The reason is we are trying to upgrade the website but it is taking far longer than I thought. Everytime I go to write something I am told…no wait we are about to go live, but then there is a hold up so apologies. Hopefully very soon we will have a new mobile friendly site. Always a bit nail biting but cross fingers.

Been an extremely busy summer and the field looks amazing. Matty has spent ages reorganising things and with help from Gary and Mark its been a busy but great summer. Now they are growing in the polytunnels as the weather is beginning to turn, saying that it has been pretty mild! As usual the mud has arrived which I hate. No matter what you do the fields always seem to get messed up. Still thats one of the things you have to accept living in the country!

The other thing we have had to do is shut all the birds up on the farm as required by DEFRA. Don’t really understrand the logic behind it but evidently we can let them all out on the 6th Jan. How does that work?

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. Kind regards all of us at Sedum Green Roof .

3rd February 2016

So far this winter it has just been mud all the way. Awful weather. We have been so waterlogged and the field just looks terrible. The orders have been coming in thick and fast after a quiet December however. Its been hard for Matti to keep up with the mess on the field and trying to lay the new mats. We actually prefer it cold rather than endless rain. I hope Spring comes along soon and we can relax with a bit warmer and drier weather.

A new shelter for Matty on the fields has now been built. The roof on the old hut has finally given up. Hopefully they will have somewhere warmer and drier to have their lunches and breaks now!

The rest of the farm has been fine but we did have a very strange thing happen a few weeks ago. For some reason over night someone emptied several sacks of red rat poison over our yard. Luckily we spotted it in the morning before the chickens and peacocks and other livestock found it. We thought we were going to lose all our livestock but it seems we caught it in time. The police think it may be a case of mistaken identity. We have crossed absolutely no one and had no cross words with a single soul. We have now installed cameras which I can’t stop watching even though absolutely nothing happens except a few chickens wandering about! Oh well keeps me happy.

Lots of big orders this year and Richard had some fantastic meetings in London for some very big jobs so all is looking good for this year.

Hopefully my new blog page will be up and running soon and we can show you more pictures. In the meantime if there is anything you would like to chat about just give Caroline in the office a ring.

26th October 2015

Rather a long time since I have updated the blog page! We are about to launch a new blog site which should be much better in the next few weeks.

I have been working on the site and updating various pages which I hope will give more information and allow people to download the necessary data they may need.

The summer has just flown by and I cannot believe it is already Autumn. The reason for lack of blog is because we have been so busy outside. We have been building a new area for Matty and his staff to use as an office and storage which is being done as we speak. I hope it will be a little more comfortable for them. We have also been buying new equipment for the field and trying to tidy up and replant during the summer. We have new mats laid now ready for the Spring and plenty of S.Pods, modular Trays, ready for sale. The mud in the winter is always a problem but we are hoping to resolve this in the coming months as well. Altogether a huge tidy up and replanting, it has been very busy. As always we owe so much to the hard work put in by Matty. Piot and their colleagues on the field, invaluable help.

A huge job was the Wessex Water Job which has just been finished. I have some fabulous pictures which must be updated for you all to see. Jim worked very hard helping install the project so a huge thank you to him.

Now its calming down from a frantic summer and yet still the orders are coming in. I hope to finish the video of some installations and put that on the website for you all to see. I may try and do a video of Matty at work if he will let me!

We have lots of biodiverse mats which seem to be ever more popular and we are looking to experiment with different species to allow as much biodiversity as possible.

Helen and Caroline are as busy as ever in the office so if you need any information, however trivial, just ring them and they will help.

So hopefully a new blog page which much more fun things to see in a few weeks time.

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof

30th June 2015

The wind? What is happening to our summer? Blown apart on the fields. We have been working hard on completing the Manchester Tram job, difficult as most of the work has to be done at night. Jim has been up there and taken loads of photos. While in France at the Shlumpf museum of cars recently we noticed tram lines there have been filled with grass. This is so much up keep as it has to be mown regularly whereas the sedum does not and requires far less maintenance. Also the grass cannot be lifted without destroying it whereas with the S.Pods or Sedum Trays this is not the problem as they can be lifted individually at any time. Amazing it is really becoming so popular.

Here is the link to the Manchester Evening paper article Click here

Really interesting article. Sedum Green Roof supplied all the sedum trays for this project and laid it. The job is still on going.

“Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson has tram stop turned into ‘green oasis’ to improve city centre view”

Caption from the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile things are a little less rushed for the moment. We have employed two new people onto the team this week, David and Helen. Hopefully they will help a bit as Caroline is rather swamped. I am suppose to do Twitter etc but to be honest I can’t stand it! Why should I spend all my time twittering when I could be out on the fields!?…Technology!

We have also been asked to remove an ad from one of our campaigns on Google Ads. We realise something had gone wrong and did all we could but there seems to be a problem with Google ads and key words searches. Yet another silly problem to resolve. I hate it all!! I just love our product and want to be working with it and making wonderful Green Roofs everywhere.

Actually the fields are amazing at the moment as the bees are in mass all over the sedum as well as the butterflies. It is an incredible site. I shall go down this afternoon and take some pictures.

Off not to do yet more boring paperwork. Hopefully Helen will help in the office, she seems really great, thank you Helen for coming on board!!

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof

14th June 2015

Just installed the most amazing sedum inbetween the tracks of the new tram system in Manchester. Looks fantastic. Easy installation with our S.Pods or modular tray system and easy to maintain. Well done Jim!! Well done Matty and the team as well for working so hard to grow and get everything ready in time, I know it was a lot of work.

It has been very busy and also lots of people on holiday (including us!), while we were away I gather there was a bit of a heat wave! Thanks to Matty, Piot and the team Matty’s new watering system worked a treat and all the Sedum looks great. Lots of work loading for Manchester but now all done. Now onto the next one!

In the meantime still masses of orders coming in. Caroline away for a week for a good rest! Now its time to reorganise the fields ready for the next lot of Sedum to be grown. All go here!

27th May 2015

Been away for a week or so but back to work now. Work on the fields has been constant preparing S.Pods or modular Sedum Trays for some very big jobs coming up. Matty has organised the watering system which saves us so much time. During this dry spell it has been invaluable. We have been preparing as many new trays as possible so it has been flat out. Below some pics of preparing the mats for delivery.

Sedum S.Pods or modular sedum trays being laid on roof in Bristol.

Back to work now, hopefully the big jobs will be out of the way for a well earned rest for Matty Piot and Gary before the next big order!.

29th April 2015

Beautiful weather and finally the rain downpour which is so great for the Sedum and the garden! Matty and Piot with the help of Gary have been preparing the S.Pods or modular Sedum Trays for a big order coming up, they have been flat out preparing everything. Matty has been a star and made the most incredible watering system for the field, very high tech and can fertilise as well, its brilliant and saves hours of man power.

On another note I find it so odd that having been asked to put photos on the website by people to help promote their products, even sending the photos direct to us they then, months later demand they are taken off!! I shall never again say yes to people! Only my pictures from now on! Trouble is trying to get any of the installers to take high res photos while on the job is a near impossibility! Missed out on a huge article in a well known magazine because my photos were not high res. Come on phones make it possible to do high res!!

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof