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Hot on the heels of the triumph at the Chelsea Garden Show, winning a Gold Star Award for their trade stand, roofing specialist, Paul Gilby of Riefa Green Roof in Sedbergh was able to share in a more local success.
At Easter, Paul installed a new loggia with a green roof for the Churchmouse at Barbon near Kirkby Lonsdale for owners, John and Jules Natlacen. As supporters of local businesses, John and Jules wanted to use a local company to build the feature and so contacted Riefa Green Roof. Riefa Green Roof is an eco-friendly roofing business that installs living green roofs for domestic and commercial buildings.
At the time of the installation, the green roof was still in a dormant state, but with all the recent good weather and with excellent timing, the plants on the roof flourished just in time for the Barbon Open Gardens event at the weekend.
Jules Natlacen said “We wanted to do something different. By having a green roof on the loggia, we were able to offer a unique all weather external seating area while at the same time show-off our green credentials. The new green roof is sustainable and looks amazing on our café. It’s a real talking point for our customers and with the extra capacity we’ve also seen a considerable boost in trade with many more walkers and cyclists stopping for a refreshing break”.
Paul Gilby, Proprietor of Riefa Green Roof said: “Our green roof system was ideal for this project as it is extremely light weight and more crucially, it could be installed on a sloping roof. Being invited back to see the project come to fruition is a delight for everyone involved”.
The Barbon Village Shop
The Barbon village shop was saved by John and Jules Natlacen , prior to their arrival from Churchmouse Cheeses in Kirby Lonsdale last September. At the time Barbon was without a village store.
The store has now become a vibrant social hub providing not only all the essentials for daily life, a wide range of high quality foods, excellent Coffee etc it is also a busy café. With dining events at weekends, it is now the "go to dining room" in Barbon with a range of themed evenings based around the best local ingredients honestly prepared with love by John, Jules and their amazing team.
Part of the Natlacen’s continuing commitment to the Village has been the development of an all weather external seating area provided by a local company that specialises in progressive lightweight living roof technology.
Riefa Green Roofs came up with an affordable and desirable solution by constructing a contemporary green roofed loggia (open sided roofed area) that is both admired and enjoyed by all.
Sunday 31st of August 2014
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