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Green walls and floating islands come to Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s most fashionable areas has been given a great green makeover thanks to the city’s latest ‘living wall’. 

Wander through the heart of the Ropewalks district and you’ll be hit with 132 square metres of fronds, foliage and flora across the front of the Parr Street Car Park. 

A total of more than 12,000 plants and flowers adorn the brand new installation, including daffodils, lavender and even wild strawberries for passers-by to pick when they start to fruit.

Green walls and floating islands come to Liverpool

This Living Green Wall is part of an innovative project to encourage wildlife back into the city centre, help clean the air and give everyone something wonderful to look at. 

The project is a partnership between Liverpool City Council, The Mersey Forest and Liverpool University and is funded through the EU Horizon 2020 project Urban GreenUP. Over the next two years, a team from the university will monitor the performance and impact of the wall. They will be looking at how the pollinator plants could encourage more insects to the area to create a mini-eco-system and how the wall may function as an ‘environmental stepping stone’ to other nearby green areas

Dr Juliet Staples, who is the Senior Project Manager for the Urban Green UP Project, said: 

“The aim of the wall is to enhance biodiversity in the area by encouraging more pollinating insects and establishing a food chain. In an area like this, it would be impossible to do anything on the same scale if it were on the ground so we’re hoping the living wall will have a significant impact and bring nature back into the city.

“As well as all the other elements, we will also be using thermal imaging cameras to monitor how the wall may act as a natural form of insulation and cooling.

“This wall is providing a range of functions for us and the project will monitor the effectiveness of those functions with a view to replicating them in other parts of the city.”

The team will also be looking at how the wall generates a ‘feel-good’ factor in the local area and any social economic impact it has once the city re-opens and visitors return.

The Parr Street Living Wall is the second such feature to spring up in the city in recent weeks with St John’s Shopping Centre also boasting its very own green wall.

Both walls are part of the wider £3.5m European funded Urban GreenUP project that seeks to tackle environmental issues through natural solutions.  Other green features soon to come online in the city include spectacular planted floating islands full of plants at Sefton Park and Wapping Dock. 

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