Home-grown roofing; just the business for an eco Saint

The walls might be imported from overseas, but the roofing for the new Wirebird Hills hotel will be truly St Helenian. It’s to be grown on the island.

And Linda Houston, of developer Shelco, says it could turn into a truly green business for an enterprising Saint.

The idea of a “living roof”, with plants providing insulation, was a key part of the eco-credentials for the planned luxury resort.

There was also a plan to grow hemp on the island and turn it into a green building material for the walls, but Shelco has now decided to have much of the building pre-fabricated overseas.

Linda told Saint FM: “There are certain things you can’t prefabricate, and green rooves is one, because we will be using indiginous plants.

“I had hoped – sadly, have failed – to have some matting brought out on the ship with me so we could start work on this now.

“We have a company that specialises in this in the UK that we are talking to. They will give me a more of a briefing and I will talk to people here, and we will work out how we can try this out.

“I am keen we do a bit of trial work on island before the development gets going, and I believe this could be a cottage industry for somebody, to offer green rooves to clients across the island.”

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