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Contacts for green roof information

This page gives links and publications that may prove useful to people interested in researching or planning an edible roof garden. Please contact the organisations below if you would like further information.

Living Roofs

  • A leading authority on green roofs is Dusty Gedge at
  • Dusty is pursuing the creation of more green roofs in the Capital through the London Leader programme

Guides to green roofs and to edible roof gardening

  • The DIY Guide to Green Roofs is available via the website of the Grass Roof Company
  • A detailed guide to creating an edible roof is published by the Canadian organisations Alternatives, and the Rooftop Gardens Project (download 2.3Mb PDF)
  • The Department of Public Works and Government Services in Canada has published an introductory manual for greening roofs (2002) (download 660kb PDF).
  • Guidance notes are available from Natural England on installation of living roofs, and how to maximise the benefits of your site - especially for biodiversity (download 1.17Mb PDF) - this has a 'further reading' list
  • Wild About Manchester promotes a useful DIY living roof leaflet published by the Green Roof Forum (download 570kb PDF), for installing domestic-scale green roofs.

Reading International Solidarity Centre roof garden publications

International links

  • European Federation of Green Roof Associations:
  • The World Green Roof Congress is a biannual meeting of green roof enthusiasts. One recent congress took place in London in September 2008. Leading speakers shared their expertise on benefits, challenges and technical aspects of green roofs; with workshops for delegates to share experiences and knowledge, and to help facilitate the installation of green roofs in the built environment. See:

City Harvest: The City Harvest website collects information on the wide range of benefits associated with urban agriculture, aiming to strengthen the movement in the UK and across the globe.

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