Living Roofs / Green Roofs versus Thatched Roofs


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Both living roofs or green roofs and thatched roofs consist of materials of a vegetable origin.

On my travels in West Yorkshire I came across this striking ‘living roof’ – probably the most attractive roof you can have AFTER a thatched roof (excuse my bias!).  The pitch of a living roof is generally very slack so the nutrients and moisture needed to sustain it do not quickly disappear whereas the pitch of a thatched roof should be as steep as possible to shed water quickly.

 In the Low Countries and France some ridges on thatched roofs have a ‘flower bed’ on top consisting mainly of Iris’s and there are many examples of turf ridges in Scotland.