Less land to grow food + more mouths to feed = big problem.
Gray, sealed cities which cannot breathe + air pollution = big problem.
Paris got it, Hong Kong alredy got it, New York also got it.
Manchester hasn't got it yet - it's time for a change...
About the rooftop gardening project
We believe that fruit and vegetables do not always have to be transported around the world if there is the opportunity to produce these foods where they are consumed - in the middle of the city. This saves long, complicated delivery routes, reduces costs and, above all, it is organic.
Even if not every flat roof is suitable for rooftop gardening / rooftop farming, we are sure that we will find enough space to supply many people with fresh fruit and vegetables. From the roof to your plate - or rather from the top of your town to your plate.
We would also like to donate a quarter of our harvest to food banks because we believe that people with little money have a right to fresh and healthy food.
But that's not all - many cities have too much sealed surfaces which additionally heat the city. High houses in particular, such as apartment houses, also offer the opportunity for a green environment through climbing plants. These not only look good, they also help to air-condition the building to a certain extent, they also protect against the weather, plants also ensure better well-being.
It might sound crazy, but everything is possible, although not everything can be implemented immediately, but if you include the possibility of a facade and roof greening in new buildings, the city will appear in a new splendor.
The benefits of rooftop farming
Reduce air pollution
As plants absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen, this can help improve the air quality in the city. Air pollution has become a serious problem in cities, therefore rooftop farms are beneficial for individuals and the city as a whole.
Temperatures around the building can be lowered in the summer
Many cities often experience an increase in daytime temperature due to the rooftops of buildings absorbing heat and light, then radiating it back into the area. To reduce the “heat island effect”, the plants can absorb some of the sunlight and provide shade for the buildings, which also reduces cooling bills in the long run.
Property value can increase due to aesthetic value
Although highrise buildings are convenient due to its height and narrow size, most of them look like plain, boring old buildings. By creating a rooftop garden, this can increase the building’s aesthetic value and efficiency, which in turn could potentially increase its property value.
Grown and harvested locally
Metal or tiles, asphalt or slate, no material seals off a completely, at least when it comes to noise. Urban landscapes are very noisy, especially as you get closer to downtown areas. Many neighborhoods that are not in commercial or shopping hubs can also be quite noisy. Green roofs will not make your property soundproof but it will absorb much more noise than an ordinary roof. You will have calmer indoors with green roofs.
But to be honest, even if rooftop gardening has many advantages - there are always disadvantages such as for example
Weight: some roofs will not be approved for the weight required to make rooftop growing viable
Zoning: Some roof spaces will prohibit certain or any activities on building roofs.
Leakage: Although roof gardens require a protective membrane in between the soil and the rooftop, leakage may occour if nails, screws or even garden tools penetrate the covering.
Insurance: Buildings with an roof garden / roof farm facing a higher insurance premium than buildings with a normal structure.
Let's make our cities greener and more livable together. Let's make our city breathe again. We'll start right there - will you take part too?
Pictures. on our currently provisionally. website show what it could look like - these projects already exist successfully.The Rooftop Project
What should the money be used for?
First we need flat roofs and for that we will need about £ 10,000 just for promotion and brochures to convince as many people as possible of this project.
Another £ 6000 - £ 10,000 will be due for a used van in good condition.
Further £ 2000 - £ 3000 for the gardening equipment.
The cost of one square meter of bed (including drainage, soil, wood and construction) is around £ 90 - £ 100.
£ 4000 for totes to store the harvest.
£ 12.000 for unpredictable expenses
Approx. £ 6000 for our own market stall.
£ 9000 to rent a small warehouse where we can pre grow plants which need a certain size for planting