A mobile green wall has gone on display in World Land Trust (WLT) gallery to mark the launch of Halesworth’s Anglia in Bloom bid.
The wall, which will be on display until late July, has been made available at no charge by Enterprise Plants, WLT’s longest standing corporate supporter.
The Trust is currently consulting with Enterprise Plants to assess the feasibility of a permanent green wall on the outside of Blyth House, facing the Norwich road roundabout. This is an exciting prospect but there are a few hoops to jump through first.
Many of the town’s businesses and charities, and more than a hundred Halesworth residents (the youngest aged 4, the oldest over 100!), are involved with one or more of the many Anglia in Bloom projects now underway in and around the town.
WLT is supporting Halesworth in Bloom by assisting with press liaison and publicity. WLT is also planning a number of activities including a botanically themed special exhibition in WLT gallery in 2014 that will display important botanical books that once belonged to Joseph Hooker, a botanist of historical importance who lived in the town.
A portfolio of activities has been prepared for the judges' first visit to the town on 5 July 2013. During the afternoon, two judges will spend a couple of hours touring and assessing the town and talking to residents. All those who wish to show their support are invited to join the judges at 4pm in the Thoroughfare, Halesworth.
Green walls - also known as vertical gardens - are beautiful, natural and eye catching. In an office interior, for example, they create a naturally calming and tranquil environment. On the sides of buildings in busy urban places they are spectacular. They increase biodiversity by providing shelter for birds and insects and improve air quality by absorbing fine dust particles and producing oxygen.
The plants in the mobile wall are Philodendron scandens. Plants from the Philodendron family are found in in the humid tropical forests of Latin America. They grow at a diverse range of elevations from sea level to over 2000 metres above sea level. Philodendron plants are often found growing over other plants, or climbing the trunks of trees with the aid of aerial roots.
The next special exhibition to open at WLT gallery is An Artist in the Natural World, works by renowned marine and landscape artist Bruce Pearson. The exhibition preview is on Saturday 6 July 2013, 10am - 4pm, and Bruce is in residence in the gallery from Sunday 7 July to Thursday 11 July 2013. The exhibition runs until 9 August 2013.