Planting for biodiversity at University of East London
Landscaping at the University of East London must follow a Biodiversity Action Plan, set out by the University, which aims to protect and enhance biodiversity across its urban sites. Phil Franklin Landscapes requested a planting design to fulfil this brief.
The planting design utilises native trees to anchor the bed in its surroundings, and offer vital habitat and food source, for the caterpillars of several species of butterfly and moth as well as birdlife. Swathes of perennials, native grasses and bulbs, selected for their notability for offering a high source of pollen and flowering through Spring to Autumn, sweep across the bed. A run of log off-cuts create a ornamental habitat for invertebrates.