Doncaster, United Kingdom
City population: 303375
Duration: unknown – 2012
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: 98 m2
Type of area: Building
Last updated: October 2021

Saltersgate Junior School has unveiled its new eco-friendly ‘living wall’ - believed to be the first of its type in a UK school. This was part of a larger refurbishment project. The 98-square metre architectural feature will help insulate the building and use surplus rainwater from the roof to water plants. The Scawsby school’s pupils have been involved in the creation. They will also be looking after it and use it as an educational area for studying different types of plants and insects (Ref 1 & 2)

Inside Urban Green


Nature-based solution

  • Nature on buildings
  • Green walls or facades

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Stormwater and rainfall management and storage
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education


Creation of new green areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising

Project objectives

- Insulate the building; - Use surplus rainwater from the roof to water plants; - Educational area for the school children to study different types of plants and insects; - Visualise that this school is a national leadership school for climate change awareness (Ref 1 & 2).

Implementation activities

A 98-square metre green wall is installed at the school building, combined with a system to harvest the rain-water from the roof. The latter is mixed with fertiliser and then drip-fed electronically to the plants (Ref 1).

Climate-focused activities

Climate change mitigation:

  • Install vertical or horizontal artificial surfaces that help with carbon storage and cooling
  • Raise public awareness of behaviours, lifestyle and cultural changes with mitigation potential

Main beneficiaries

  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Public sector institution

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The school initiated and was part of executing the intervention. (ref 1,2)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The Doncaster Greenspace Strategy document of 2008 refers to habitat creation in urban areas and support of environmental education (Ref 3))


Total cost

€10,000 - €50,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Unknown

Type of funding

  • Unknown

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of labour
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Other

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Lowered local temperature
  • Water management and blue areas
  • Improved stormwater management
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present

Economic impacts

  • Other

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool