Part of the V&A’s existing roof will be made into a wildflower meadow, providing wildlife such as bees, butterflies and moths with food and shelter. A partnership between the Western Riverside Waste Authority and Groundwork UK is funding the transformation, in an effort to combat the decline of pollinating insects due to habitat loss. This summer, wildlife experts will monitor the new roof to see which invertebrates are using the space; other green roofs in London have seen a variety of species, including the nationally rare brown-banded carder bee. The hope is that having a green roof on such a high-profile building will highlight the importance of these urban insect habitats, and encourage other buildings to consider similar projects.
- More information on Buglife website