Green walls have been installed across the front of Parr Street Car Park and at the St John's Shopping Centre. The former consists of a living surface of 132 square meters of fronds, foliage and flora, for a total of more than 12,000 plants and flowers (watch this video). The latter is one of the longest in the UK, being 65 meters long filled with over 14,000 evergreen plants (watch this video). Both walls will improve air quality (by releasing oxygen and capturing particles from vehicles exhaust fumes) and enhance biodiversity (by encouraging more pollinating insects). They may also have an impact on the cooling and insulation of the buildings on which they are installed.
“The living green wall will be good for attracting pollinators – so increasing biodiversity, as well as adapting to climate change and for business” says Clare Olver from The Mersey Forest on the green wall on the exterior of St John's Shopping Centre. “There are 17 species of plants in the living green wall which Biotecture has designed in co-ordination with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We are looking forward to seeing how this, together with the new roof garden at Royal Court Theatre, can benefit both wildlife and people right in the heart of our city.”