Rooftop gardens give fresh food and air

Bank’s rooftop garden keeps building cool and staff in supplies of fresh produce

Paris is in the middle of a giant project to clear the city’s air by creating urban farms on rooftops and open spaces.

With memories of summer’s stifling heatwave still fresh, it is hoped that plans to plant 30 hectares of gardens will help cool parts of the city as vegetation cuts reflected and absorbed heat in buildings.

It has the added advantage of providing fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables - and even hops for beer and grapevines for wine.

Although about 30 hectares is a drop in the ocean in the 105km2 of Paris, the ...

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