Landscape supplier Scotscape has installed a 104m2 living wall at the UK’s first high-energy proton beam therapy centre.
The wall has been installed at the Rutherford Cancer South Wales, a new cancer centre in Newport which recently opened its doors to treat cancer patients with conventional treatments.
High energy proton beam therapy, a treatment which is not currently available in the country, will be operational early next year and the centre is owned by the world’s largest developer of the therapy, Proton Partners International.
The wall has been created with biodiversity at its core and the species included the installation were chosen due to their year-round pollinating capabilities, air cleaning qualities and their function as a habitat for wildlife.
Some of the plants installed in the living wall include:
- Mahonia spp: one of the few winter pollinating species that often flowers from November to February. These are one of the most important sources of winter food for winter active bumblebees.
- Hedera helix: late flowering ivy is a valuable source of nectar, it provides year-round shelter for birds and small animals that use it to hide, roost nest and hibernate and it can act as a winter lifeline for wildlife with its abundance of berries. Ivy is also shown to have excellent air filtering traits, removing dangerous toxins from the air such as benzene and xylene (found in vehicle exhausts and tobacco smoke).
- Heleborus niger: an excellent late winter/early spring flowering plant that is a good source of food for bees and other insects.
- Persicaria bistorta: a native plant to UK shores producing long lasting dense spikes all summer and autumn long, perfect pollinators.
Angus Cunningham, managing director at Scotscape, said: “We combined these important species with other distinctive plants of architectural and aesthetic quality. The wall is also a visual feature that will attract attention and create a pleasant sense of nature in an urban setting.
“The idea behind the planting design outline is to emulate the Celtic tree of life design, an apt representation for a lifesaving centre such as the Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales.”
He added: “After combining all elements of this design brief, we are looking forward to seeing an end result that is worthy of its initial conception and we hope that it brings a sense of belief to all who come to the Rutherford Cancer Centre in South Wales.”