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‘Journey to the Green Roof’ book helps build momentum as message around benefits of green roofs spreads to schools

by Matt Downs

In celebration of World Green Roof Day, 560 free copies of the captivating story by Jenny Bailey, compiled in conjunction with members of the Green Roof Organisation and published by Tales From Mother Earth, have been donated to schools and community projects…

You may remember that in our Winter 2022 edition, we reported on an initiative from the Green Roof Organisation designed to encourage the younger generation to connect with living roofs.  Following on from that story, we are pleased to announce that the book has been published, and, in celebration of World Green Roof Day 2023 which took place on June 6th, 560 free copies of “Journey To The Green Roof” have been donated to schools and community projects.

“Journey To The Green Roof” is aimed at children aged between three and ten years old. It describes the adventures of Freya the hairy footed bumble bee and Sarah the European seven spotted ladybird, as they each strive to overcome challenges in their lives. Freya is in need of sustenance whilst Sarah needs a safe place to live. Both find exactly what they need when they encounter a living roof.

This powerfully effective book was written by Jenny Bailey in conjunction with members of the Green Roof Organisation and published by Tales From Mother Earth. It uses beautiful imagery and engaging language to help children empathise with nature and realise the potential for good offered by our rooftops. As an added bonus, an audio version of the book can be downloaded and used to help fledgling readers to enjoy the text.

To keep Journey To The Green Roof as sustainable as possible, the book has been printed using bio inks and the paper is sourced from World Lands Trust.

GRO Vice Chair, Chris Bridgman, has been heavily involved in the development of the book, alongside past Chair Mark Harris. He explained: “I would like to thank GRO Members and other organisations who have sponsored this project and enabled so many young people to benefit. I hope that it will ultimately help to support the urban greening industry by inspiring children to take an interest in and possibly even consider a career in ecology, horticulture or sustainable architecture.”

To purchase a copy of Journey to the Green Roof, please visit the Tales From Mother Earth website at  https://talesfrommotherearth.co.uk. Proceeds will go to the GRO Education Fund.

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