Date of release: Thursday, December 17, 2015
A living green wall packed with plants including primula and thyme – reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – is the latest addition to the university's Medway Campus.
Students and visitors will be able to enjoy the scents and flowers produced by the many plants in the vertical garden, which has been erected next to the historic Pembroke Building.
However, the living green wall serves a greater purpose than merely making the campus even more attractive. It is part of research project being led by Dr Anna Romanova of the Faculty of Engineering & Science.
Living green walls have become popular aesthetic features in places such as rail stations, shopping centres, hotels and central squares.
Yet little research has been done into the potential benefits green walls can provide in mitigating noise and pollution, boosting thermal insulation and promoting bio-diversity.
Dr Romanova says: "Living walls are expensive to construct and maintain. If they are to be used widely we need more information about their economic, environmental and social benefits.
"Our small-scale recreation of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world will let us undertake systematic research. That will put us in a much better position to evaluate the benefits living walls offer as part of initiatives to green our built environment."
The living green wall, which is two metres high and four metres wide, has plantings of luzula and euphorbia alongside its thyme and primula.
Picture: The living wall at the Medway Campus.