Boningale Nursery, one of the UK?s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists has released the third edition of its unique ?Plants for Wildlife? catalogue for architects and contractors keen to maximise their BREEAM ecological credits.
As the only UK nursery that produces and supplies both traditional nursery and green roof planting stock, Boningale?s ?Plants for Wildlife? catalogue is a must have guide for contractors and specifiers involved in planning and drawing up landscaping schemes for building developments.
This latest edition, released at FutureScape 2014, features updated guidance on BREEAM suitable stock and an extended range of the unique SkyPlugs range from Boningale GreenSky, the company?s award winning department that specialises in plants and substrates for green roofs.
Working with BREEAM accredited ecologists, Boningale horticulturalists first devised the catalogue to help contractors and specifiers plan their landscaping more effectively. It sets out hundreds of approved plant species and varieties that encourage ecological diversity and attract myriad wildlife to new-build sites and green urban spaces, including green roofs.
The catalogue lists the native and common name of each plant and which birds, animals or insects are likely to benefit from the planting of each species.? This is backed by drawing on evidence gathered in Sheffield University?s Biodiversity in Gardens (BUGS) study and the Database of Insects and their Food Plans (DBIF) research by the Biological Records Centre, and if the plants are recommended by authoritative sources Natural England and the RSPB.
Frank Sandford, Sales Director at Boningale Nursery, confirmed that the company originally produced the ?Plants for Wildlife? catalogue because of the increasing number of requests from contractors who were part way through a project or close to completion and were faced with last-minute changes to a BREEAM design project and needed immediate help.
?There often isn?t much time to consult the architect, landscape architect or ecologist,? said Frank. ?Instead, they call on our expertise to offer a proactive solution to the issue.?
?This catalogue has therefore proved very popular because it offers at a glance? plants that will work and that? ecologists are more likely to reward BREEAM credits against. This should alleviate a lot of the research time needed for busy contractors.?
?This is especially important if other areas of the physical building have not fully achieved the expected credit rating; an ecologically planted landscape could give the extra credits required to meet the shortfall,? added Frank.? The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) also offers credits for effective planting.
For further information or to order a copy of this latest ?Plants for Wildlife? catalogue visit www.boningale.co.uk