Plantings around large logistic facilities and factory premises usually consist of a lawn and a few trees. But not at Greenfood's new facility in Helsingborg. Here, a unique pilot project has flipped the script, placing biodiversity and the climate at the very heart of our mission.
At Greenfood Greenhouse - a large number of different trees, shrubs, and meadow flowers are being planted to benefit biodiversity and provide food and habitats for many species.
"The plantings around the Greenhouse will serve as a long bridge that birds and insects can follow between Bruce's forest and other green areas"
In this way, the Greenhouse becomes both a test and a pioneering project demonstrating how construction projects can do much more for the environment, climate, and ecosystem services - nature and vegetation's "service" in the form of pollination and food provision.
"The plantings around the Greenhouse will serve as a long bridge that birds and insects can follow between Bruce's forest and other green areas," says Anna Klenell, Sustainability Manager at Greenfood Fresh Produce.
Creating an ecological corridor and green infrastructure for wildlife using the same species as in the nearby nature reserve helps to benefit biodiversity, as plant and animal life, just like humans, need "roads" to be able to move. If it's too far between different green areas, individuals and groups of the species become stuck in one place.
To help wildlife, Greenhouse will have a diversity of plants blooming at different times to benefit pollinating insects. A long flowering period is important for them to find food throughout the season and not just a few weeks during the summer. In a south-facing sunny slope, there will also be a gravel bed and dead wood for wild bees - a natural effort to help pollinating insects since Greenfood sells fruit and vegetables that depend on pollinators.
"Even though our fruits and vegetables will not be grown here, we are making an effort to help insects and pollinators who are absolutely crucial for much of what we eat. They can find nourishment and habitats here to do their important job with our growers around," says Anna Klenell, Sustainability Manager at Greenfood Fresh Produce.
A first step towards greener construction projects What prevents clients, municipalities, and construction companies from incorporating more vegetation and climate-smart solutions into construction projects? Johan Hedve believes that it often comes down to too short of a planning horizon.