In partnership with Low Carbon TrustIn partnership with Organic RoofsIn partnership with Building Green

Green roofs course

Date to be announced
The first day runs from 10am to 5pm, while the second day ends early at 1pm.
Held at various venues in the Brighton area.

This day-and-a-half course covers the theory behind green roofs, case studies, and practical application. You will have the opportunity to build your own green roofed bird shelter.

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What will the Green roofs course cover?

Green roofs can keep buildings cooler in summer, reduce flooding, provide important habitats for wildlife, be a place to grow food, and much much more.

The course will provide a detailed exploration of green roofs of a range of types. We will introduce and discuss the why, what and how, with reference to retrofits and new build in both domestic and public/commercial buildings. Participants will visit some of the green roofs which are putting Brighton at the forefront of green infrastructure in the UK, and follow a case study of a real green roof from conception to delivery.

There will be a workshop-based practical seminar on the basics of retrofitting small green roofs, and participants will be able to build and take away their own green roofed bird shelter.

Some time will also be given to other green building features, including green walls.

Who is the course for?

The course will be of interest to architects, planners, builders, conservationists, gardeners and horticulturalists as well as people interested in managing their own green roof project. No prior knowledge of green roofs is needed. This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

The optional practical element of the course involves very basic woodwork, which is carried out in pairs and is not strenuous.

Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and leaning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course/event, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.

Learning methods and outcomes

The course will include talks, slide presentations, discussions, question and answer sessions and site visits. In addition, part of the course will be devoted to gaining practical experience in the construction of a green roof, with guidance from the tutors. By the end of the course, participants will have an overview of the benefits of green roofs and how they can be designed, as well as the practical skills necessary to build a green roof for their shed, garage or similar structure. Information sheets will be provided on the day. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutors

The majority of the tuition will be provided by Lee Evans and James Farrell.

Lee Evans is the founder of Organic Roofs Ltd, a Brighton-based nationally operating company specialising in small and medium-sized residential, public and commercial wildflower meadow roofs.

James Farrell is an environmentalist and founder of community group Brighton & Hove Building Green, which promotes green roofs and walls in the city. As policy advisor to the Mayor of London he developed the first planning requirements for green roofs and walls in the UK, and was involved in supporting the green roof revolution in London.


Day 1: Organic Roofs Ltd, Britannia Wharf East, Wellington Rd, Portslade, East Sussex, BN4 1ET
Day 2: Tomato Dolce & Salato Cafe, The Level, Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN2 9SD

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.

Recommended reading

There is a wealth of information about green roofs available. The following websites are useful sources of information:

You may also be interested in Hanna Waldbaum's thesis, Green Roofs for Urban Agriculture, about growing food and medicinal herbs on roofs.


Fees include tuition, refreshments and materials for your sample green roof:

  • £275 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £275 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £225 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £175 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £125 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Green Roofs course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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  • Ian
    "All the people were friendly with a single focus on learning all about green roofs."

    Ian Hewitt

  • Hilary
    "Overall the course met my needs to get an overview of the process, the pitfalls, and benefits to enable me to move forward on my project."


  • Diane
    "Excellent teachers, great to meet like-minded people and get a real sense that it's possible."


  • Charlie
    "One of the best courses I have done in the last few years. I have a project planned, and this course will probably save me a lot of money."

    Charlie Murgatroyd

  • Robin
    "Well worth it!"

    Robin Hill

Contact us

For further information or if you have problems with your booking, please contact us.

Partner Organisations

This course is run in partnership with Brighton and Hove Building Green, Organic Roofs and Low Carbon Trust and acknowledges and builds upon the work done by Dusty Gedge and John Little in promoting best practice in green roofs in the UK and beyond.