The perfect solution for Leeds University

Leeds University roof garden in full bloom

The problem

In the spring of 2012, Green-tech were asked to help with an exciting new project being specified by Martin Woolley Landscape Architects. The project involved creating a sustainable roof top garden for the Chancellor’s Court, part of the University of Leeds. As it was a roof top garden, soil was an issue for the architects. They needed soil that was light in weight but also nutrient-rich to ensure successful growth.

The solution

Green-tech were able to provide the perfect solution – a bespoke soil mix which was very light and had a high nutrient content. Green-tech produce and deliver organic top soil ideal for planting, turfing and landscaping, known as Green-tree Topsoil. Manufactured using organic compost and overburdened sand from quarries, our high quality top soil has been recognised across the UK and awarded the Green Apple award. This is awarded to companies carrying out projects that enhance the environment.

The topsoil is a highly fertile and organic-rich material, compliant to BS 3882:2007 standards. It does not require any additional fertiliser for the first season. The topsoil manufacturing process means the product is of consistent quality and is available all year round. Green-tree Topsoil is perfect for landscaping and construction projects that are focused on their own green credentials.

The outcome

The contract was awarded to Brambledown Landscapes and a year after the initial enquiry, with all materials delivered to site, the installation commenced. By mid-August the garden was complete and unveiled for the first time to the great delight of everyone involved from the University.

Green-tech’s Technical Sales Advisor Nigel Thompson commented,

“our advice, site visits and delivery of bespoke Green-tree Topsoil is just what was needed for this project to be successful. The high fertility status of the topsoil means it was perfect for the Chancellor’s Court roof garden where quick plant establishment and quality finish was demanded.”

Martin Woolley of Martin Woolley Landscape Architects said

“One of our major challenges was finding a suitable top soil product that was light enough for a roof garden. Green-tree’s bespoke lightweight soil mix was the perfect solution to this problem”

Posted on 23 Feb 2018