The RBC Wealth Management volunteers spent Saturday 9 November helping the National Trust team with planting the green roof and assisting with the restoration of the reed bed, which is being developed to draw birds and other wildlife toward the viewing area.
A green roof is a sustainable alternative to traditional roofing that involves partially or completely covering the roof of a building with vegetation. By restoring the natural landform created by sand dunes in the area, the newly-planted green roof helps to minimise the visual and environmental impact of the Centre being constructed to allow islanders and visitors to learn about and observe the local wildlife.
Jon Parkes, Senior Countryside Ranger, National Trust for Jersey, said: ‘A crucial element of the Wetland Centre project is that it has the least possible impact on the surrounding area, whilst offering the greatest level of access for visitors to the hide. Thanks to the tremendous support from the RBC staff this groundbreaking scheme is now close to completion.’
Green roofs come in many forms but usually consist of a waterproof membrane installed over a deck, the installation of irrigation and water drainage systems, a growing medium which varies in thickness depending on what it will support and then finally the vegetation itself. The vegetation layer will be carefully selected to provide a more natural finish and include indigenous species.
Francis Binney, Environmental Officer at RBC Wealth Management, commenting on the project, said: ‘The work of the National Trust is extremely important to the future of the island, and we are proud to support their efforts to restore Jersey’s remaining wetlands. The volunteer day has allowed our staff to see this project up close whilst also making a very real contribution to the finished Wetland Centre.’
For the past four years RBC employees have supported the National Trust for Jersey on their wetlands restoration work in St. Ouen. Funding from the RBC Blue Water Project has supported the Trust with the construction of the Jersey Wetland Centre at St. Ouen's Pond. Due to open in early 2014, the Centre will offer an unrivalled opportunity to see and learn about the Wetlands and the wildlife that it fosters, without adversely affecting the development of local flora and fauna.