The country comes to town….An ambitious urban regeneration project clearing 24 acres of derelict brewery & industrial units to create a ‘Science City’. An ongoing project lead by the city council & university to create tomorrow’s knowledge based jobs in a mixed use sustainable site. A gateway building on sight, opened in 2014, is called ‘The Core’, and it’s where where a family member works as a computer scientist for a SME. Enjoyed a quick look at the foyer when in town one evening last weekend but was more impressed by what’s outside. An integral part of the modern block, the Core’s vertical garden is currently Europe’s tallest green wall at 27 metres. Its 35,000 plants are made up of clusters of 12 plants each, hung on rails carrying the water supply. It took a team of four from contractor ANS Global, using a scissors lift, two weeks to complete the job back in 2014. The building also has a sedum roof with rainwater harvesting. The plants are all brilliant for bees and other pollinators. They include wild strawberries, sea grasses, primulas, euphobia & thyme. Among the greenery can be spied bird boxes and bee hotels – the ultimate in urban living for our winged friends. May there be more such sites in many more cities and towns all around the world.