Up on the roof
To paraphrase The Drifters ‘when this old world starts getting you down, head up on the roof, it’s as peaceful as can be’, which is the message to staff as discussions get underway to install a roof garden at the Civic Offices.
The project, being led by Head of Human Resources and Customer Services, Judith Fear, is to turn the south west roof space into a roof garden for staff. “We have the space, the views, it’s a blank canvas with bags of potential – so why aren’t we using it?” asks Judith.
“The plan is to create a roof top haven, not only for our resident bees and the local birds, but also for staff. We want to have an area where you can get some peace and quiet, fresh air, to exercise or as a place to get creative or enjoy social events. But, for it to work we need staff involvement. The original idea came from our Chief Executive, Donald Graham, who is acting as Project Sponsor."
The design will incorporate a green (living) roof system, so it will contribute to the environment and help the Civic Offices save on energy costs. Judith has been talking to lots of people in the Civic Offices, including members of the staff social club, and all sorts of suggestions and offers of help have been given already.
Over the next few weeks we will be seeking your views and suggestions on the development of the project and explaining how you can get involved, which could start with propagating seedlings on your window sill at work or helping plant and maintain the roof garden once it’s up and running.
For more information on the project or to have your say, please contact Judith Fear in Human Resources or see the PowerPoint presentation ‘Going for Gold’ for more information and pictures.