Location: Lublin, Poland
City population: 348914

Project duration: 2015 – 2017
Scale of the project: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Area of the NBS: 25 m2
Type of area before: Building

3 Green Walls at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

Zielona ściana na Uniwersytecie Przyrodniczym w Lublinie

The first external green wall in Lublin was installed at the University of Natural Sciences in September 2015, and it was later followed by two smaller installations inside and outside in 2017 [5]. Apart from their decorative and aesthetical functions, the walls serve educational and research purposes, as the suitability of the chosen plants for the Polish climate conditions will be evaluated for similar urban projects in the country. Finally, the project promotes urban greenery and certain offsetting for grey infrastructure [1, 2, 3, 5].

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Nature-based solution

  • External building greens
  • Green walls or facades

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Air quality improvement
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Regulate built environment
  • Promote naturalistic styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Improving mental health
Creation of new green areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Monitoring of habitats and / or biodiversity
Project objectives
The initiative has a couple of goals: 1) Decorative and aesthetical function; 2) Research and educational functions – adaptation and choice of local plants for this type of greenery in the city projects under the climate conditions in Poland with high-temperature amplitudes [1,2,3].
Implementation activities
The university has built a 6m high external green wall of a total area 3,3m x 6,05m which is mechanically watered. The big wall is composed of around 900 plants selected from 22 plant species [1,4]. Later in 2017, one external wall 2,2m x 1,2m made of moss with no need for watering, and one small indoor wall with the same watering mechanism are built [5].
Main beneficiaries
  • Researchers/University
  • Citizens or community groups

Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Private sector / Corporate / Company
  • Researchers / University

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The research project idea was developed during workshops for students of landscape architecture at the University of Life Sciences and the green wall company ‘Twój Świat’. The work on the project was carried out in cooperation with this company which has commissioned the university to research the use of plants in the construction of green walls [3,4]. The project was financed by the Polish Agency for the Development of Entrepreneurship [1].
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Total cost
10 000 - 50 000 EUR

Source(s) of funding

  • Public national budget

Type of funding

  • Direct funding or subsidies

Non-financial contribution


Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Lowered local temperature
  • Environmental quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Green space and habitat
  • Promote naturalistic styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Increased green space area
  • Reduction of biodiversity loss
  • Other

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature
  • Increased appreciation for natural spaces
  • Education
  • Support education and scientific research
  • 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

No evidence in public records
Green Wall at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Source: https://lublin.naszemiasto.pl/pierwszy-w-lublinie-ogrod-wertykalny/ga/c8-3531343/zd/17490327