SGRI was formed at the end of the 1990s to manage the development of Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden – the first and biggest public botanical roof garden in the world with its 9500 square meters. In the beginning of 2000 SGRI developed advanced research & demonstration activity to promote Green Roof development in Scandinavia which 2006 resulted in the first doctorate of green roofs in Scandinavia and an ongoing close partnership with the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). Main activities of SGRI are managing technical visits, arranging seminars and courses, providing consultancy support, developing new green roof concepts and niches. SGRI is owned by the most northern green roof association in Europe; Scandinavian Green Roof Association (SGRA). The board of SGRI consists of SGRA member organizations which consist of academia, public and private sectors - including Scandinavia’s leading green roof companies –and thus provides wide-ranging technical services to SGRI.

SGRI facilitate university green roof courses and in 2011-2012 also began to develop vocational green roof training material. As a partner in the TOI project Green Roof Course SGRI has innitiated collaboration with upper secondary vocational Schools in Malmö and in Copenhagen. In SGRIs board, SLU together with Malmö City’s municipal vocational school brings additional educational expertise. Hence, SGRI has a very strong educational network for disseminate new knowledges and green roof niches.  SGRI is eager to import the advanced knowledge from the Austrian and Swizz partners in the niche of green roofs for pollinators and solar panels in combination, and meanwhile strengthen the green infrastructure in Europe.




Sound Garden is the leader in green roof &urban biodiversity research/development in Eastern Europe. It was established in 2008 by realizing that green roofs, green facades & bio-diverse technologies are spreading quickly all around the World. Originally it was a well known market leader landscaping design & construction company from Budapest, Deep Forest participating in international co-operations like Leonardo TOI programs. From 2012 the decision was made by its management, that a separate entity will be responsible for R&D activities in the future, thus Sound Garden has become the official Hungarian partner of this new Leonardo TOI project.

Sound Garden has been involved in the last couple of years already in quite a few important & innovative projects in Hungary , including the contemporary restoration of the famous historical garden of the Castle of Gödöllő, the innovation, design & installation of the first biodiverse green roofs in Hungary at Alkotás Point & Green House Office.

This partner will IMPORT knowledge and help shape the VET delivery through operating a pilot and reporting back. This partner is well placed being a contractor who deliver green roof solutions and are well placed to advise on the needs of employers.




The Institute of Natural Resource Sciences & Research Department of Urban Green Spaces have competence & experiences (research/assessments, education, consultancy and expertise) in improving the urban spaces for flora and fauna (biodiversity), the well being for human beings (quality of life: health, air quality, urban heat island effects, etc.) & innovative green infrastructures/ technologies (renewable energy & flora/fauna – combinations, working from the ecosystem services perspective).

The following research groups of urban green spaces & eco-technologies work on the following topics (research & education) since many years:

  • Urban Ecology
  • Promoting biodiversity in the cities
  • Plants use in urban spaces (Urban forestry, mixed plant concepts for urban spaces, ecological landscaping and maintenance)
  • Management of open urban space (Life cycle assessment,
  • Green Care and Garden Therapy
  • Green Roofs and Green Walls (inclusive Solar panels)
  • Aquaponic in urban spaces (Spin Off Urban Farmers)
  • Ecosystem Services and biodiversity

The primary role of the ZHAW is to transfer the expertise, experience, knowledge & skills base of our team to help develop appropriate vocational training and innovative green infrastructures with ecological (biodiversity) perspective.

More Articles ...