Landscape Architecture students learn how to make our cities greener

Maggie Fennell

Midlands based Boningale Nurseries, part of the Boningale Ltd group, has been sharing its green roof expertise with BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture students to illustrate how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife.

Birmingham City University invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars this month on sustainable construction to Landscape Architecture and Construction Project Management students. The aim was to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in our cities.

Maggie explained: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national infrastructure projects like HS2, and acting as a stage for international spectator events like the 2022 Commonwealth Games, there is a pressing need for our local construction project managers and landscape architects to be leading the way with advanced, environmentally sound building techniques. These techniques should, in turn, nurture growth in facilities, infrastructure and jobs, whilst still meeting challenging environmental goals.”

For the last few years Maggie, Product Development Manager at Boningale Nurseries, has played a pivotal role in organising PHD research into green roof innovations with the University of Sheffield, and more recently developed industry guidelines with the Green Roof Organisation (GRO).

Through the seminars, students have learnt about the benefits of green roofs in urban design, including: providing an excellent and cost-effective way of improving city air quality targets, regulating building temperatures and encouraging wildlife.  Maggie also talked about how green roofs play a vital role in aiding a city’s resilience to flooding by capturing and slowing down excess rainwater, and how they extend the lifespan of a building’s waterproofing, saving future replacement costs.

Albrighton-based Boningale Nurseries is an award-winning national plant supplier to commercial landscaping projects, and is at the forefront of green roofing innovations and other pioneering environmental landscaping systems. For further information visit

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