Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Hospital to Unwelcome Garden-Roof Visitor: Wool You Kindly Graze Somewhere Else?
Who says it’s easy being green?
Perhaps not the administrators and maintenance personnel at a hospital in the UK, where a sheep found its way onto a garden roof to graze.
Perhaps not the sheep, either. After all, it’s tough being green if your fleece is white as snow.
Such details aside, a gap of several feet separates the building rooftop from an adjacent cliff face, according to the news from the Daily Post in North Wales. But a van parked between the cliff face and the building provided access. The ewe “was quickly spotted and she was safely removed after the incident,” the Daily Post story relates.
“Now a fence has been erected on the edge of the cliff to prevent another greedy ewe pulling the same trick.”
The hospital, which was completed in April last year, has won two awards from the environmental group The Green Organisation. A design goal was to “harness the characteristics of the local landscape, and connect with the surroundings.”
It would appear the objective was met. Unfortunately, “connecting with the surroundings” apparently did not include hospitality to the local livestock.
Here’s the whole story: Grazing on garden roof.
Let’s hope this incident doesn’t make garden-roof advocates sheepish about their embrace of this increasingly popular sustainable-design feature.
Now that’s baaad.