Pocket Habitat

  • Unique modular vegetation system designed to promote biodiversity in urban areas.
  • Pre-filled with soil substrate and wildflower seed mix to suit local conditions.

Pocket Habitat was developed by Arup for British Land’s existing building and urban land stock, providing shape and structure and encouraging wildlife.

Individual units are placed together to create a striking carpet of vegetation. Each unit is tied to its neighbour and has contact on all sides to ensure there are 2.8 pockets per square metre.

The form of each Pocket Habitat is engineered to provide sheltered, shaded and exposed areas to enhance plant growth.

As well as shape, colour has been incorporated in the soil substrates to add an even greater impression of texture and visual beauty. The differing substrates are carefully chosen to help promote diverse communities of species.

Because each Pocket Habitat only weighs 20kg at delivery, they are ideally suited to being manually handled, speeding up installation and making retrofitting of existing buildings simple and effective.

Once the bags are positioned, nestled together to form a regular pattern, a simple drawstring opens the bag to allow rain and light to promote seed germination and plant growth.


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  • Poppies growing in a Pocket Habitat module. Credit Russell Hartwell.Open gallery

    Each Pocket Habitat module bag is a stand-alone unit made from environmentally friendly material.

  • Arup's Stephen Phillips talks about Pocket Habitat.Play video

    Arup product designer Stephen Philips talks about Pocket Habitat.

  • Pocket Habitat on rooftop. Credit Russell Hartwell.Open gallery

    The Pocket Habitat bags can link together to form a continuous vegetated surface.