World Green Infrastructure Congress

on Friday, 29 September 2017. Posted in News

In June, Chris Jenkin, efig's chairman visited the World Green Infrastructure Congress in Brlin. Here are his thoughts.

Energy buzz

Keeping energies up!

Congress held in Hotel in Berlin with one section run by EILO (European Interior Landscape Organisation) which concentrated in interior planting with papers delivered by German, Swiss, Singaporean and various other presenters covering topics including Natural predators “Insects We Trust” ( , irrigation systems, maintenance, lighting for green walls, planting mediums etc. Summary of most relevant/interesting talks attached.

Some small points:

On the grounds of sustainability one Swiss contractor ( says conditions have to be good enough for a plant to survive 10 years in a building and works on a 10 year plant life.
• Recycling/ closed loop green wall systems – beware build-up of salts from using tap water – and measure soluble salts in the walls once a year
• Lots of research into benefits of planting and urban greening
• Interesting talk from Singapore on the benefits of planting for health

Presentation 1

Prime Minister of Singapore

Presentation 2

Presentation 3

Presentation 4

You can find out more about the research here. And about the biophilia hypothesis here.

Presentation 5 Cooper

Presentation 6 Cooper


Development of green spaces specifically designed to improve motor skills and cognitive development for elderly. Tests carried out showed improved markers in blood tests indicating improved health. Gardens are set out for specific purposes including exercise, sensory, relaxation and growing areas for food.
It was reported that as part of mental health treatment in Japan there are woodland walks set out of different lengths which patients undergoing treatment must walk at regular periods as part of their rehabilitation program.
There is a specialist lighting company in Germany that specialises in plant lighting – Details at

Overall Thoughts:
Interesting. Green wall market seems to be booming throughout Europe with Scandinavian countries having several companies working on projects throughout Europe. Smaller mobile walls are being developed which will bring prices down.
Made more contacts with European contractors who have same problems – Germans still very interested in collaboration and want to arrange trip to London next May to coincide with Chelsea.
We directly got some work for Don in Bath through contact with Hans from Green Fortune in Sweden and may get more. It is refreshing seeing the European market which seems more imaginative than our work in the UK.
German contractors are developing the Cultilene system through a separate company they are setting up and are interested in our views and if we’d be interested in using the system once they have got production back up.

World Garden Festival
On the outskirts of Berlin. Some interesting interior displays with a different green wall system using hydroponics or soil.

Planters with monitors green wall Seating

 Planters incorporating Monitors looked very smart.
Greenwall using system from Poland/Germany

Another green wall Garden festival 2

World Garden Festival stand demonstrating recycling. 

The Garden Festival was disappointing compared to Chelsea but had a couple of interesting interior ideas.

Berlin landscaping projects
Dussmann Bookstore in Berlin with Greenwall designed by Patrick Blanc
Initially looks very impressive but close-up has large gaps and areas that have clearly been recently replanted. Constant running water feeds into fishtank underneath which limits feeding and disease control. Maintenance very difficult . Very expensive with complex lighting and no natural light but a showpiece they are very proud of. Patrick Blanc is a showman and good for business even if his walls do leave something to be desired.

PB signage

PB wall close up

PB wall 1


Atrium project

Atrium project Berlin 10 years old and not very good!

24 hour hotel

25 Hour Hotel newly opened in Berlin


We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Policy.

I accept cookies from this site

EU Cookie Directive Plugin Information