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Grass reaches new heights

THE GRASS may be greener on the other side, but staff at a Solihull clinic are hoping for some flourishing foliage on their very own roof.

THE GRASS may be greener on the other side, but staff at a Solihull clinic are hoping for some flourishing foliage on their very own roof.

Midland Ultrasound and Medical Services (MUMS), in Park Avenue have had plans for a "living roof" on their new extension approved by Solihull council and have set about creating the environmentally friendly design.

One of the centre's directors Chris Griffin was the brainchild behind the green scheme. He said: "When planning on extending our facilities, we were conscious about it being eco-friendly and in keeping with the neighbourhood."

The roof will be dedicated to a former employee Lynn North who died in a tragic accident and who had a garden built in her memory.

"When the extension was being built it intruded into the garden's space, so the green roof will also be a form of re-dedication to her," said Chris.

The roof will be covered in sedum plants, which require little maintenance, as well as daisies and buttercups.

Chris, an amateur gardener and builder, hopes to encourage other residents to do the same. "I don't like tiles but I do like nature and having a green roof is a great alternative to a traditional roof."

The private centre specialises in women's health and pregnancy care and Chris believes the green roof will work in harmony with the "holistic approach" of the clinic.

"The room will be used for reflexology, hypnotherapy and acupuncture as well as for mainstream medical work," he explained.

The extension is already under construction next to the existing building and will take around four weeks to complete.

 

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