The Story Behind GreenBlue Urban

It’s hard seeing something that you have planted die; many of us have experienced the disappointment of losing a house plant, but how much worse when the plant is a tree; a tree which has been carefully propagated, grafted, trained, formatively pruned and grown in a nursery? What about if we lose a number of […]

There’s more to managing stormwater than ‘pipe to pond’

Looks all too familiar, doesn’t it? Far too often we are seeing images across our news channels on localised and global flooding. According to the UK Environment Agency, over 5 million homes are at risk of flooding in England alone. The average cost of flooding to a home is £30k and the mental health impacts […]

Global Climate Change – A Paradigm Shift Required

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Adapting to Climate Change has never been so important; as the BBC reported just this week the past seven years have been the hottest on record. In 2021, Europe lived through its warmest and wettest summer and record temperatures were reported in Western US and Canada; extreme wildfires killing hundreds – all these statistics are […]

Quotation to Seamless Installation

Green infrastructure is often described as a series of interconnected networks of multifunctional green space, providing multiple benefits and accommodating sustainable developments. These elements include parks, open space, trees, both street and private, playing fields, woods, private gardens, allotments and green roofs and walls. Based in the South of England, GreenBlue Urban has grown every […]

Multi-Functional Blue-Green Developments

The 25-year Environmental Plan (2018) and more recently The Environment Bill (2020) has been a clear driver to connect more people to our environment, improve health and well-being and to ensure we leave future generations with improved air and water quality, create richer habitats for wildlife and of course omit wasteful pollution from landfill and […]

Myth busting Trees & Utilities

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In a recent blog, we discussed how to overcome the constraints that we come up against when planning urban tree planting and discussed the solutions that GreenBlue Urban offer to overcome these above and below ground issues. One question that gets asked regularly is whether utilities can be accommodated within a GreenBlue Urban RootSpace soil […]

Our Climate is Changing, are we?

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In celebration of Earth Day – 22nd April, GreenBlue are proud to endorse our team as industry educators, covering all disciplines on 5 of the dedicated long term focus areas Earth Day signifies: • Climate Action • Science and Education • People and Communities • Conservation and Restoration • Plastic and Pollution Our mission statement illustrates […]

Urban Tree Planting Constraints

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As soon as tree planting is proposed in our congested urban areas, the full plethora of challenges quickly become obvious. With over 30 years of experience in getting trees established in what can be very hostile conditions for what are essentially forest plants, GreenBlue Urban have unrivalled experience in every scenario. When planning urban tree […]

Looking after SuDS, Is Legislation Enough?

On paper, the idea of sustainable drainage (SuDS) has so much going for it for developers. It helps meet the challenges of increasing levels of stormwater runoff in an attractive, environmentally friendly way. It also allows developers to optimise land use and create environments that people want to live and work in. So, what’s holding […]

Not all Super Heroes wear Capes. (Some wear Leaves).

Trees are the heroes of our landscape. A bold claim you think? Possibly. But look at the list of benefits they bring to our lives: ecology, beauty, cooling, shade, Oxygen, removing pollutants from the air, providing homes and food for wildlife and conkers! Let’s face it, who doesn’t have a favourite tree? For National Tree […]

Introducing 9 Trees

9 Trees, as a concept, was formed in 2018 by Michael Cunningham, an experienced habitat and business manager. He was joined by Michelle Kent, in 2019, an experienced countryside and habitat manager. They are now joined by an amazing team of volunteers! The vision of 9 Trees is to tackle climate change by creating new […]

Urban Gardens Assisting in our Canopy Growth

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A report in the BBC at the weekend indicated that urban tree canopy cover is surprisingly consistently higher in urban areas than in rural ones. In fact, the areas in the UK with the highest percentage of land covered by trees are all in the South of England, Midlands and in South Wales, including some […]

Who is responsible for Maintaining our Public Trees?

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During times of economic crisis, budgets for local authority landscape maintenance have always been under threat. Viewed as a “nice to have” rather than a critical necessity, many local councils facing funding cuts year on year have had to reduce maintenance to testing to minimise future liability claims – but little or no money for […]

Are you Celebrating Clean Air Day?

Back in June 2019, communities came together to ensure Clean Air Day was a huge success. Over 600 events were organised by schools, universities, volunteer groups, businesses, families and friends; thousands of people stood up and spoke out to educate and build awareness on the damaging effects air pollution is having on our health. With […]

Which Soil Cell do I use?

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With an influx of Tree Planting mediums in recent years, we take a look at the history, benefits and where they are best used. The methodologies used in urban tree planting have been refined over the past twenty-five years, but the principles remain – room to grow above and below ground, uncompacted soil, air and […]