InLeaf installs LivePanel and LivePictures at showroom

InLeaf, the Manchester-based commercial plants specialist has added a LivePanel system and three LivePictures to its showroom to allow the company to better demonstrate their benefits to clients as well as to other installers interested in becoming InLeaf franchisees.

Founded by husband and wife Daniel and Charlotte Atherton, a qualified Landscape Architect, Inleaf are keen supporters of Mobilane systems. The company will shortly embark on a major Mobilane installation with a pharmaceutical company in Chester that already has a living wall at its office in Uxbridge. The renovation of the client’s office in Chester includes the installation of a 22m square LivePanel living wall for which InLeaf is doing all the design, installation and maintenance.

“Having the LivePanel and LivePicture at the showroom is useful for demonstrating the systems to clients,” explains Daniel Atherton. “However, InLeaf is a franchise operation and we are looking for franchisees. All our franchise events are held at our showrooms, so the LivePanels and LivePictures are useful for educating potential franchisees about the products they can offer that are different.”

Daniel and Charlotte set the company up with the aim of becoming a franchise, which is why they have a showroom to allow themto train people. With a long-term goal to have franchisees nationwide, InLeaf will recruit, train and support franchisees, as well as taking the lead on new products such as Mobilane systems.

“We only launched in February,” continues Daniel, “So it’s still early days. However, they are getting our first franchisees lined up. The industry is very competitive, which is why we think the franchise idea can help other companies compete. There is a growing market for living walls and there has been a sea change in the last few years. The sense we are getting is there’s a lot more awareness, which is largely client-led. For example, the Chester installation was part of the client brief. We are seeing this more and more.

“In terms of general plants in the commercial space, we are finding a wide range of companies coming to us for solutions, with clients understanding the wide range of benefits of plants in the work place. However, there is still a job to be done in educating smaller businesses, which is where our demonstration systems at the showroom come in.”


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Safe, secure and sustainable


Monday, 8th August 2016

Paul Garlick of Mobilane looks at the challenge of installing boundaries that satisfy safety and security requirements, as well as being eco-friendly.

In an ideal world perhaps we wouldn’t need walls and fences. People (and animals) would simply appreciate where the boundaries of a property are. But of course this isn’t an ideal world and there are many other reasons we need ways of marking the boundaries of a property, such as walls, fences and hedges.

As well as marking the perimeter of a property or estate, a boundary affords privacy and security. The degree to which it will provide these things depends on the type of boundary used and its size. The humble hedge for example provides privacy but lacks security and is easy for animals to negotiate. On the other hand the harsh wire fence delivers security, but not privacy. The wall or wooden fence can provide both, but at the expense of aesthetics and sustainability.

Sustainability is an increasingly important consideration with all aspects of building and applies equally when it comes to perimeters. Historically the only type of perimeter that can claim any sustainability credentials is the hedge. However, as well as falling short with regards to security, hedges mean an ongoing investment in maintenance to keep them neat and a healthy hedge will have a considerable physical footprint, often several feet wide for a substantial one.

Aesthetics is equally important and again the hedge easily wins over a brick wall or wooden or wire fence. A nicely maintained hedge will make a domestic property far more attractive.

There are now boundary solutions that tick all the boxes with regards to aesthetics, sustainability, security, privacy and which are easy to install and low maintenance, with a low physical footprint.

One such solution is the Mobilane Green Screen, which is a very simple concept. Essentially it is a living fence that consists of a galvanised steel grid on which climbing or hedging plants, usually ivy, have been cultivated. The metal grid is folded at the bottom to facilitate a biodegradable trough filled with potting soil. The plants are grown in this soil at a nursery and hand trailed upwards along the metal grid in order to get full thick foliage coverage.

Ivy is a particularly robust plant and presents few challenges regarding maintenance. While screens such as this are usually delivered and installed with plants already growing up them, ivy continues to grow and becomes verdant to deliver what looks like a well-managed ivy hedge, but with the additional security of the wire mesh.

Installation of screens is simple and requires the digging of a trench 400 mm wide by 400 mm deep. The screen is placed into the trench and soil is used to cover the biodegradable pot. They are additionally supported by wooden posts or powder coated metal posts, which also serve to join adjacent screens.

The screens have proved a popular solution on a range of domestic housing developments; from housing association and local authority developments, through to high end luxury developments.

When award winning developers Croudace Portland Homes embarked on a substantial and highly impressive new build project in a prime residential area of Surrey, they turned to Benchmark Landscape of Chelmsford to plan and manage the quality landscaping required to add value to the new development.

The new development would see two new five and six bedroom homes with a value of over £2.5m each, built on a plot of land that previously featured a single house. There was a necessity for a boundary between the new properties, and security was a requirement in the choice of boundary. A hedge would aesthetically suit the development and was preferable to a fence or wall, but would not deliver the required security. Benchmark Landscape specified Green Screens as the solution.

In total, 72 screens were used; 40 to create the required divisional boundary, and another 32 which were used on the front of one of the properties to screen an unsightly wall from an adjacent house. Benchmark Landscape had used screens like this previously and knew they would deliver both the required aesthetic as well as the highest levels of security.

In Ashton-Under-Lyne, a derelict site on a main access route was identified by West Pennine Housing Association for a new-build housing development for local families as part of a larger four part regeneration project. The Stockport Road site had already been awarded with a Green Apple Environmental Award as well as being shortlisted for the Building in Excellence Award.

Denovo Designs of Liverpool was the architect on the Stockport Road project and installed 30 screens at the development. Frank Olchowski, director and lead architect for the project explains why the screens were incorporated into the design:

“We specified the screens because of the planning requirement to provide an attractive, rear boundary treatment. The residents of the houses which overlook the site would not want to look onto a brick wall or timber fencing, especially if that type of boundary were to attract graffiti.”

He continues:

“Screens such as these ecologically enhance a site and provide a more attractive solution than walls or fences. We also had to comply with the Secured by Design requirement for a minimum height and secure boundary treatment.”

Social housing providers increasingly like to see green technologies used on their developments as they are invaluable in helping councils to ‘green up’ the environment and provide a more stimulating and pleasant environment. Solutions used on projects such as these also provide a deterrent to graffiti and other antisocial behaviour, and offer reduced maintenance costs when compared to other boundary markers such as timber fencing.

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Mobilane will have its LivePicture XL on display at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as part of the ‘R Space’ garden designed by Pip Probert.

“We are particularly pleased that our LivePicture will feature in the ‘R Space’ garden,” said Paul Garlick, National Business Manager at Mobilane UK. “It’s the perfect setting for LivePicture and we think our system will complement the garden.”

Designed for a large family, the ‘R Space’ garden is sponsored by Hulton Landscapes Ltd and Gareth Wilson Garden Design Services Ltd, is both attractive and practical, with a homely feel and provides a place to sit, dine and entertain. Low walls hug a patio area and the boundary is deliberately kept low so as not to block surrounding views.

The LivePicture XL system featured in the garden is a living wall-hung picture system that uses plants to create a healthier and more attractive environment. Due to its innovative design LivePicture requires no power and consequently can be installed virtually anywhere. The benefits of using LivePicture include cleaner air, improved humidity, reduced noise pollution, lower stress levels and increased productivity levels in the workplace. The LivePicture plant cassettes can be changed in moments and need watering only every four weeks.

LivePicture comes in four sizes: The Small LivePicture measures 725mm x 725mm x 105mm, while the Large LivePicture measures 1125mm x 725mm x 105mm. The XL LivePicture measures 1160mm x 1120mm x 70mm, and the XXL LivePicture measures 2160mm x 1520mm x 70mm. The frame comes in three colours; white, silver grey, and charcoal/anthracite.

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Mobilane and BSI Bomenservice complete Europe’s Largest green wall in Belgium


The front wall of a recently opened European distribution centre in the Belgian community of Laakdal, is displaying the largest green wall of Europe for the most renowned sports shoes manufacturer. The green wall surface consists of about 100,000 plants spanning over 2,000 m2. The green wall system used for this project, LivePanel, consists of a carefully selected range of plants, including Alchemilla, Bergenia, Campanula, Geranium and Nepeta. The innovative new building of the leading sports brand is fully powered by renewable energy from solar panels, wind turbines and a geothermal system.

Saving water The BSI Bomenservice, based in Baarn, was in charge of installation and maintenance. The giant planted wall is equipped with an integrated irrigation system, permanently distributing enough moisture and plant food Mobilane and BSI Bomenservice stated that “The client required a sustainable green wall with minimum water consumption. After an extensive selection process of available systems, we chose Mobilane’s LivePanel in consultation with the architects”.

The minimal water consumption, the relatively low weight and the proven performance of the green wall system in combination with the excellent quality/price ratio were the key factors.

Innovative Mobilane is a supplier of innovative green systems, and the plant wall consists of Mobilane’s modular LivePanel system. The green wall is not soil-bound and contains a total of 11,000 exchangeable plant cassettes. Each row of cassettes is placed in an aluminium duct profile which also serves as a water reservoir. The plants in the cassettes are automatically watered by an innovative capillary irrigation system operated by wall sensors. The innovative system requires little maintenance, is leak-free and not susceptible to breakdowns. Once disassembled, the living wall can be fully recycled.

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Provender Nurseries, the Kent based wholesale plants and horticultural supplier serving London and the South-East, has become the latest specialist trade partner for Mobilane, and has started stocking the Mobilane Green Screen sustainable fencing system and MobiRoof green roof system.

From its 17 acre site in Swanley, Provender Nurseries supplies to the horticultural trade, landscaping and amenity sectors, including garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, golf courses, schools, local authorities, professional gardeners and allotment societies. 

Speaking about the Mobilane Green Screen and MobiRoof systems, Richard McKenna, Managing Director of Provender Nurseries said “We think these are great products that our landscaping customers are going to need. We offer a huge range of products, and we want to continue extending our offering with new, exciting products like these. 

“While most of our customers are domestic landscapers, a lot of their projects at the moment are commercial, and both Mobilane Green Screens and MobiRoof have obvious applications here. However, they also have good domestic applications. Mobilane Green Screens are very good for security, have a good long life, and are easy to plant. The system ticks a lot of boxes, while MobiRoof is very sleek and people will like the look this product can deliver.” 

MobiRoof is a clip together sedum cassettes system that can be easily laid onto the surface of a roof. The cassettes are suitable for roofs of garden houses, garages and carports. The cassettes are cultivated with 4 – 6 different kinds of sedum and are easy to install by simply clipping together. Architectural adjustments are not necessary.

Mobilane’s Green Screen living security fence system is being widely used by local authorities, businesses and housing developers as a rapid install solution, but is also increasingly finding a use in the domestic environment for use on patios and balconies.

Speaking about the new partnership, Paul Garlick, National Business Manager of Mobilane UK said “We are delighted to be working with Provender Nurseries, which as one of the region’s leading trade suppliers has knowledge, passion and reach to help drive the success of our systems in London and the South East. We are sure that Provender Nurseries and its customers will enjoy great benefits from the products.”

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Mobilane Secures Distribution Partnership with Boningale Nurseries

Boningale Nurseries, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists, has further strengthened its product range by signing an agreement with Mobilane to supply its range of Instant green systems.

Mobilane is renowned for supplying high quality, living walls and Green Screens and has also recently introduced the LivePicture system to its innovative product range, which is ideal for both large and small scale commercial and domestic environments and applications.

Paul Garlick, National Business Manager of Mobilane said “We are delighted to be working with Boningale Nurseries, whose team’s vast horticultural knowledge and environmental experience complements our customer’s needs, particularly when they are enquiring about installing our Green Screen products. We are experiencing a rapid growth in demand for our products and working with Boningale will really help us capitalise on this and reach customers nationally.”

Frank Sandford, Sales and Marketing Director at Boningale who are based in Albrighton, Shropshire, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Mobilane.  Green Screen complements and adds an exciting new dimension to our environmental product offer; this will benefit all our businesses that work with both commercial and domestic customers nationally.”

“In particular we see Green Screen, which is available in different sizes and plant varieties, being the ideal solution for gardens, schools, colleges and hospitals for example, that want to create an instant, secure boundary that is both attractive and sustainable,” added Frank.

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