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Improve your wealth by planting a green wall!

Improve your wealth by planting a green wall!

Green Walls provide many health and environmental benefits - improving air quality, reducing pollutants in run-off, reducing noise and providing a natural habitat for wildlife, to name but a few. In summer, they also help to cool the air within and around masonry by providing shade, and by reflecting back some of the sun’s heat. And in winter, they can help to reduce wind chill, protecting masonry from rainfall and/or the effects of freeze/thaw cycles. Crucially, they also trap warm air next...

Jakob Goes Live at Hampton Court on Saturday Kitchen

Jakob Goes Live at Hampton Court on Saturday Kitchen

When we were asked to provide some of our Jakob stainless steel wire ropes for the RHS Kitchen Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, we had no hesitation in saying yes, especially as the garden was being designed to promote ways of growing fresh food at home. Award-winning designer Juliet Sargent created the Kitchen Garden which featured herbs, edible flowers and vegetables. The plants were not only grown in traditional beds, pots and planters, but also vertically on our J...

‘Love Your Garden’ Loves our Green Walls

‘Love Your Garden’ Loves our Green Walls

Back in April, we received a call that was not exactly a typical enquiry. It was from a TV producer working on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love You Garden’ programme, about a project they were filming in Plymouth. Once we heard about the nature of the project – and the recipient’s inspirational story, when we were excited to be able to help and were delighted to design, supply and install a Jakob green wall (also known as a living wall) for the garden. Our Jakob green wall system was used...

Green Walls Help ‘Greening Grey Britain’ Initiative

Green Walls Help ‘Greening Grey Britain’ Initiative

As pollution and flooding is becoming an ever-increasing problem in towns and cities, gardens and plants are needed now more than ever. To help address these issues, the RHS launched a ‘Greening Grey Britain’ initiative, aimed at inspiring people in urban areas to grow plants. So, when the RHS asked us to get involved in the programme at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we immediately answered with a resounding ‘yes’! At the show, the RHS built the Greening Grey Britain garden and i...

Green Wall growth rates, what can you expect?

Green Wall growth rates, what can you expect?

Often when new green walls are being designed, we are asked: “how long will it take to grow and mature?” and the answer depends on a range of factors including the specific conditions of the particular site and the species of plant being grown. Along with the site conditions and species of plant being grown, there a number of other variables that will affect the growth rate of green walls. These variables include irrigation, soil condition, plant condition and maintenance to name a fe...

Ecobuild Reflections

Ecobuild Reflections

Ecobuild 2013 provided a great platform for us to showcase our range of Jakob systems, and we were thrilled to be invited, once again, to contribute to a stunning green wall feature in the Ecobuild Arena, which was the centrepiece in the main hall. The feature was a showcase for the benefits of green walls, and through a combination of Jakob stainless steel wire ropes and Webnet, we were able to simply demonstrates the cost, performance and aesthetic benefits that our green wall system delive...

The many benefits of Green Walls

The many benefits of Green Walls

Green Walls (often called living walls) have been a feature of buildings for many centuries and while the traditional ‘ivy-covered’ façades of Victorian homes have now been replaced by modern, purpose-built systems, they deliver a wide range of benefits to buildings of all type, shape and size: Improved aesthetics Well designed and maintained Green Walls significantly enhance a building’s appearance - whether it’s to add a new aesthetic dimension, disguise a car park, refresh a tire...

Green Walls – delivering aesthetic, ecological and economical benefits

Green Walls – delivering aesthetic, ecological and economical benefits

For many years, façade greening was primarily seen as an aesthetic tool. However, whilst green walls still undoubtedly meet that requirement, modern systems deliver a great deal more. Over recent years, as part of a broadly based academic research project in Berlin, scientists have been able to demonstrate that professionally designed green walls also deliver considerable ecological and economic benefits. Large-area greening has been shown to significantly and measurably contribute to passiv...

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Jakob Rope Systems is supplied exclusively in the UK by MMA Architectural Systems, providing quality solutions for Green Walls, Car Park Safety, Animal Enclosures and Bridge Safety. We are also the sole UK agent for the proven Geggus Entrance Matting System.