Many towns and cities have rooftops strong enough to have green roofs already. In 2019 a survey of Central Milton Keynes rooftops identified the green rooftop retrofit potential of approximately six full-size football pitches. These are rooftops that could be greened immediately without structural enhancements to the building.
Through our work as the Green Roof Project at Saxon Court and the YMCA Milton Keynes, we have been able to share the multiple benefits of green roofs with many local decision-makers, policymakers and leaders. Part of this work has involved taking down perceived barriers and demonstrating what green roofs can be.
We are pleased to say that this work is now helping to inform local policy. Since our project tours and demonstrations in 2021, the centre:mk has begun to roll out a programme of green roofing that is part of a wider set of initiatives to become a sustainable shopping centre. MK Gallery has received a grant to retrofit its roof. The local council has included green roofs in their MK Council Plan 2022 -2026. The plan calls for an expansion of our carbon capture capacity through green roofs and afforestation to reduce the impact of climate change.
We hope that by demonstrating how green roof infrastructure can be implemented, we can become a model to other Towns and Cities who want to join the green roof revolution. In April 2022 we welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change Ed Miliband to the YMCA Green Roof and hope that this will put green roofs and their benefits in the conversation on a national level.