An instant modular Green Roof
- Our M-Tray® green roof system consists of specially-designed modular trays containing superior, engineered substrate and fully established flowering sedum
- Easy-to-carry trays which click together to form a seamless green roof
- Fully established sedum plants nurtured from seed at our own UK nurseries
- Achieves a fire classification of B ROOF t(4) and was tested in accordance with to CEN/TS 1187 Test 4.
- Achieves an EXAP Report based on CEN/TS 16459:2019 (see “Fire Rated” tab below)
- Multi-award winning
What makes the M-Tray® green roof unique?
- Mature, established vegetation
- Click-together trays create seamless connection
- Easy to transport and install
- Specially-mixed substrate for longevity of plant life
- 100mm deep cavities for healthy roots
- Optimum drainage means stronger plants
- No sharp edges or mess meaning minimum disruption to plants, deck structure and inhabitants!
Instant green roofs
- M-Trays® are designed to click together forming a single verdant surface
- Once trays are connected they start to blend straight away, forming a seamless layer of vegetation
- Modular M-Trays® can be easily lifted out giving access to the deck without disruption to the rest of the roof
Quick & easy to install
- Hard-to-access areas such as single storey extensions, working hotels and other commercial spaces can make installing roll-out very challenging
- M-Trays® can be handballed into even the most awkward areas discreetly and with minimum mess
- Each M-Tray® module is 500 x 500mm and can be carried by one operative and therefore installed much faster than traditional roll-out
- Our modules are conveniently packaged, palletised and delivered to site
- Module measures 500 x 500 x 100mm
- 4 x units make up exactly 1sq metre making estimating far easier
- Carefully spaced drainage holes ensure modules retain water for longer, allowing plants to absorb more rainfall, increasing attenuation and delaying discharge into outlets
- Design ensures even greater water retention at edges of module, preventing sedum from dying back at the edges.
- Stronger plant growth at the edges creates a more seamless layer of vegetation when the modules are connected
- Four gently ridged hand grips are positioned to enable installers to carry each module easier
Smooth edges & connecting bracket
- The connecting brackets are designed to give a tight connection, with the minimum gap between each module
- The joint is only 6mm so the plants will grow over it quickly, making it disappear in ultra-quick time
- The corners of the modules are rounded and smooth, so no sharp edges (which might puncture the membrane beneath) are present – this also makes handling the trays easier and the edges can be mounted onto Wallbarn pedestals if additional height is required
Trims & Edging
100mm aluminium edge trims and connectors fit neatly onto the sides of the modules. Fixings are designed to slot together neatly although they are not always necessary.
Access to your green roof is futureproofed.
If there are problems with the deck beneath or inspection is required, one M-Tray® or section can easily be lifted out without disruption to the whole roof, unlike roll-out which often involves the removal of tonnes of soil and vegetation, which then would need to be replaced at an additional cost to the client.
As well as the sedum trays, Wallbarn also supplies a sedum/ wildflower version of M-Tray® for use on green roof systems.
Biodiversity is becoming more popular for urban greening schemes as it has been proven that a large mix of native English flowering species is the best way to attract and promote wildlife such as bees, butterflies, other insects and birds into these roof spaces. By replicating what is happening out in the fields on urban roofs we can help to replace what has been lost and improve the environment.
Wallbarn sows a low-density amount of sedum species to give a year round green and good level of ground cover and adds, again from seed, a mix of wildflower species which contain the following characteristics:
- They are low growing species with as much succulence as possible
- They are all native to UK / northern Europe
- They are perennial and hardy
- They will grow in low nutrient substrates
- They have proven to improve biodiversity
A few factors need to be borne in mind when considering wildflower roofs:
- Flowers can grow tall and die back to leave dead grasses and stems, which can lead to a fire hazard
- Wildflowers will not provide the same ground coverage or year-round greening of sedum roofs
- Wildflowers take longer to grow and flower than sedum
- Wildflowers often require 2 years before flowering and may not return year after year without re-seeding
- Some wildflowers will not flower in certain years, performance depends heavily on the weather that year
- Wildflower roofs require more maintenance than sedum roofs
The sedum / wildflower ratio is designed to complement each other and provide variety and attractive spaces across the summer but also with a sufficient amount of coverage and “green” throughout the year.
Bespoke options are available.
What is a green roof?
A green roof, also known as a living roof or bio-diverse roof, is a roofing system that incorporates vegetation and substrate layers on top of a waterproof membrane. This innovative approach to roofing serves multiple purposes: it absorbs rainwater, provides insulation, and creates a habitat for local wildlife, all while contributing to urban sustainability. Green roofs have gained popularity in recent years as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional roofing materials, offering not only aesthetic appeal but also tangible environmental and financial benefits. They can help mitigate the urban heat island effect, improve air quality, and even extend the lifespan of the roof itself.
What type of Green Roofs are there?
Green roofs come in two main types: extensive and intensive. While they share the core goal of integrating vegetation into building design, they vary significantly in terms of depth, upkeep, and purpose.
Extensive green roofs are relatively shallow, typically 80 to 200 mm deep, and are designed for minimal maintenance. They feature hardy, drought-tolerant plants like sedums, needing little irrigation or fertilization.
Intensive green roofs, in contrast, are much deeper, often exceeding 200 mm, and can accommodate a wider range of plant species, even shrubs and small trees. These roofs demand more intensive maintenance, including regular watering and fertilization, but offer greater aesthetic and recreational potential.
Both types deliver ecological and insulation benefits, but choosing between them depends on your specific needs, budget, and maintenance capabilities. Extensive green roofs are the most common, suitable for residential and many commercial projects.
What options do I have for my extensive green roof?
When it comes to extensive green roof systems, there are two primary choices: the Rollout System and the Modular System.
The Rollout System comprises of several layers and should be installed by a qualified landscaper or green roof installer. It involves layering of different materials to create the green roof.
The Modular System, on the other hand, consists of interlocking crates that are pre-grown before arriving at your project. Essentially, it combines all the layers of a Rollout System into one convenient package.
At Wallbarn, we can provide quotes for materials for either of these systems, ensuring flexibility to meet your specific project needs.
What are the advantages and disadvantages for each of these systems?
A Rollout green roof system may be more cost-effective in terms of materials, particularly for large or commercial projects. However, there are minimum quantity requirements for some of the system layers, making it impractical for smaller residential projects. Rollout systems offer greater design flexibility, making them suitable for roofs with intricate curves, and they allow control over substrate depth. On the downside, these systems require installation by a qualified professional, which can be more labour-intensive and consequently more expensive. Additionally, if membrane maintenance is necessary, it can be challenging to access, and the materials may not be reusable.
In contrast, a Modular System offers a simpler and quicker installation process, achievable by physically fit individuals. One of its key advantages is ease of maintenance – trays or crates can be easily lifted to access the membrane, and then put back in place when maintenance is complete.
Ultimately, the choice between these systems should be based on the specific requirements and constraints of your project, including size, design complexity, and maintenance considerations. The Wallbarn Technical Team are here to assist with ensuring you choose the right system for your project.
What is the cost of an M-Tray®?
- M-Trays®= £88 per sqm (4 Trays to a sqm – £22.00 each)
- Available in Sedum or Sedum/Wildflower Mix (£22 each, £88 per sqm)
- Approx. £80 per pallet (32 trays maximum per pallet) * transport charges subject to short term changes and are based on post code – please ask for current quotation
- Geotextile fleece = £1.25m² Riverstone washed pebbles – POA
All prices are subject to alteration.
Where are the M-Tray® grown?
The M-Tray® is grown for 6 to 9 months prior to them being sent to your project. They are grown from seed to full maturity and nurtured by our team at our farm near Basingstoke, Hampshire.
What are the dimensions of the M-Tray®?
500mm x 500mm x 100mm deep (four trays to a square metre)
What is the weight of the Modular Trays?
The saturated weight of the trays are 100kgs/m² – we recommend that you consult an Engineer to advise on loadings (120 kg/m² saturated)
What is the vegetation?
The vegetation is a mix of 11 x Sedum species or a Sedum/Wildflower Mix.
Can I walk on the trays?
The modules are not designed for foot traffic but can tolerate being stepped on for maintenance purposes.
Can M-Tray® grow in partial shade?
Yes, however, like any living plant, an element of light is required.
Do I need to have any design?
No. However we can produce a layout guide along with estimates for trays, geotextile fleece and border pebbling if required.
Are there any regulations I should know about for a green roof?
Yes. Fire regulations require a hard border between vegetation and the walls of buildings as well as around features such as roof lights and fall arrests. The Wallbarn Technical Team can assist you with any questions you have about this. For detailed best practices, we suggest reading through the GRO Code, which clearly outlines best practices for green roofs
Is there a full cover of vegetation?
Our M-Trays® have been grown at our farm for several months prior to delivery. They will arrive with a minimum 90% cover.
Does the area have to be level?
M-Tray® can be laid on a level area and on a slope up to 15°. Ideally, we recommend not going above 10° without installing some baton supports. Please speak to one of the Wallbarn Team prior to purchasing for helpful advice.
Do they need maintenance?
All green roof systems require maintenance albeit minimal in the case of our Modular System. We recommend carrying out maintenance every two to four times a year, depending on your location. Factors like proximity to trees or the presence of many birds can increase debris and potential grass contamination.
The optimal times for maintenance are at the end of summer and early spring. During these periods, it is advisable to clear away dead organic matter like leaves and remove weeds and grass. At the end of summer, you can lightly skim the surface with your hand, collecting dead wildflower stems and dispersing seeds for the following year. On each of these occasions, fertilization is also recommended. You can use any general-purpose fertilizer, but we provide fertilizer with each M-Tray® order, which is the same as what we use that we used at our farm.
It is important to understand that green roofs are a living feature. Similar to a garden, the care and attention you invest will be rewarded with beautiful seasonal changes and a lifespan spanning several years.
Do I need irrigation?
This is very dependent on your unique requirements. Any commercial green roof should definitely have an irrigation system. For residential projects, a green roof should be watered if we go without rain for two weeks or more. Whether this is done with a system or yourself is up to you. The important factor is that it happens.
What other materials will I need to buy along with my M-Trays®?
This depends on your individual requirements and your roof. The Wallbarn Team are here to assist you.
- Geotextile fleece to protect existing roof/membrane
- Riverstone pebbles to be used as a firebreak and to go around drains or other rooftop features such as roof lights.
- Access chamber
- Aluminium edging
I have seen modular systems fail, why won’t yours?
This is our 4th generation of the module, designed and manufactured by Wallbarn here in the UK. The 100mm deep tray with its optimum drainage; our specially mixed substrate and careful choice of mature and hardy sedum species mean the M-Tray® is the best quality modular system on the market. Short Documentary on the M-Tray.
What preparations should we consider prior to delivery?
1. Ensure you have informed Wallbarn of any Site Restrictions or Delivery requirements. For example, if your site or house is only accessible by narrow lanes or your own driveway has access only suitable for a car, please speak to us before organising delivery. Refused delivery or where deliveries cannot be done as scheduled will incur costs by you. We have an extensive Courier network available to us which can handle most situations including, HIAB, Moffet, timed deliveries, different size lorries/vans and FORS (Bronze, Silver & Gold).
2. Typically, deliveries will be between 8am to 12pm on your designated delivery day. Please ensure that you have given Wallbarn the best contact information for who will be there that day including their mobile number.
3. Be aware that different materials will be delivered on separate vehicles but will be delivered on your designated day.
4. Any rolls of sedum, wildflower or modular trays should be unpacked ideally on the day they arrive but certainly within 24 hours. Ensuring you have enough hands-on site for deliveries is an often important but overlooked consideration.
5. If you have a large project, speak to your Wallbarn representative about scheduling deliveries to match your work schedule. For rollout systems it makes sense to have the bottom layers delivered first and Sedum or wildflower blanket to arrive a couple of days after. For Modular Systems, consider how many people you have to assist and how large your project is. Scheduling delivery over two or three days may be best.
6. Delivery can only be made Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Due to this being a live product. A Friday delivery is possible in extreme circumstances. However, the customer will need to sign a waiver and Wallbarn will accept no responsibility in failed deliveries.
Will the M-Tray look good all year round?
Like all plants, the look will change with the Seasons. Some of the Sedum species will turn a rusty red/brown colour in the Winter, which is perfectly normal as it hibernates. You will notice that the growth thins out over Autumn as flowers die but the Trays will come to life in the Spring again and be at it’s heaviest growth in Summer.
Can I return the Trays?
Unfortunately returns are not possible due to the nature of the product and it being living plants.
Pitched against some high-quality roofing products, our M-Tray® modular green roof system beat off all competition to secure the coveted title of Best Roofing System or Product in the 2020 Build It awards.
The M-Tray® has also won the award for ‘Best Green Innovation’ at the 2021 Green Home Awards.
Our M-Tray® modular green roof system has a B ROOF t4 fire rating classification.
To meet current building regulations for fire stakeholders need to demonstrate that the whole ‘as installed’ roof system has a valid fire certificate, tested in accordance with CEN/TS 1187:2012 Test 4 External Fire Penetration and Spread of Flame and the classifications under BS EN 13501-5:2016 Fire Classification Of Construction Products And Building Elements.
A roof system when tested to CEN/TS 1187:2012 Test 4 Test Methods For External Fire Exposure To Roofs should achieve a European classification rating of B ROOF t(4).
Under Approved Document B only a test report to BS EN 13501-5:2016 for the exact construction or an EXAP report proves compliance; unless the green roof build-up from the deck to the finished surface includes a minimum 80mm of growing medium with less than 50% organic content.
M-Tray® by Wallbarn was tested according to CEN/TS 1187 and has both a Classification of B ROOF t(4) and an EXAP Report carried out in conformity with CEN/TS 16459:2019.
Furthermore, the growing medium is 100mm thick and contains less than 50% organic content. It complies both to BS 8616:2019.
This is construction law in England. Similar laws apply in the building regulations of Wales, the building regulations of Northern Ireland and in the Technical Handbooks for Scotland.
Export & Licensing opportunities
As well as supplying live products for installation on UK green roofs and landscaping spaces, Wallbarn is committed to M-Tray® as an export product.
We can supply the modules as empty trays for local landscapers worldwide to plant up and propagate according to the local climactic conditions and their own markets.
Licensing opportunities are available for both the M-Tray® brand and the mould, which can be granted to specific partner companies across the globe.
M-Tray® has been designed and developed by Wallbarn in the UK and holds registered designs and patents in the following territories:
|Country||IP Right||Status||Registration No.|
|UK||Cloned EU design||Registered||90029539430001|
Our aim is to get more green spaces into urban centres worldwide. With M-Tray® this is a possible and economically viable prospect. Join us in our vision.
Below you will find the basic steps for successfully installing a modular green roof.
Alternatively watch one of our videos
M-Tray® modules are transported to site on strapped pallets for easy, clean delivery. They can then be craned safely onto the roof if necessary.
Unpacking the pallets is a simple process. None of the contents will spill out and each module can be carried by one person.
A separation and filtration geotexile layer should be firstly installed. This protects the waterproofing and prevents abrasive damage. Wallbarn usually supplies a 300gsm recycled fleece for this purpose
Start from the middle of the green roof and work outwards towards the edges. Place a module down and then click the next into place. There are two connection points on two sides of each module. Once connected up on all four sides, the module will be secured on all four sides.
An aluminium edge trim can be added to any exposed edges or where the stones need to held away from objects such as drainage outlets.
The modular sections mean detailing around objects is a simple process and clean lines are created. Hard landscaping sections such as paving and decking, mounted onto Wallbarn pedestals, can be added to the area to allow for regular access. As everything is suspended on top of the deck, drainage is uninterrupted.
An installation guide for M-Tray® is here.
|Product||M-Tray® Modular Green Roof Container|
|Suitable For||Extensive Green Roof Plants With Lightweight, Free-Draining Substrate|
|Type Of Construction||Permanent|
|Width / Breadth||500mm X 500mm|
|Shape Of Walls / Sides||Tapered / Angled|
|Units Per M2||4|
|Thickness Of Material||3mm|
|Internal Ridge Height / Reservoir Height||20mm|
|Number Of Internal Drainage Reservoirs||25|
|Drainage Holes Per Unit||8|
|Distance Between Trays At Base||20mm|
|Distance Between Trays At 50mm From Base||10mm|
|Dry Weight (Empty)||1.1Kg|
|Weight Planted & Saturated *||25Kg (100kg per m² excluding snow load)|
|Connectors Per Unit||4|
|Number Of Handles On Underside||4|
|Detail Of Corners / Edges||Smooth / Reinforced|
|UK Registered Design||6140192|
|UK Registered Trademark||UK00003041800|
|UK Registered Cloned EU design post-Brexit||90029539430001|
|USA US Patent||D787,186S|
|USA Registered Design Application||29/802,855|
|EU Registered Design||002953943-0001|
|EU Registered Tradename||15388523|
|Canada Registered Design Application||205094|
|Argentina Registered Design||Nº100508|
|UAE Registered Design Application||D6000639/2021|
- Green Roof Brochure 2022
- M-Tray® Brochure 2020
- Wallbarn M-Tray Installation guide
- M-Tray O&M Manual 2023 with Appendix
- Wallbarn Irrigation System Installation guide
- Maintenance Schedule for M-Tray Green Roof Systems
- The GRO Green Roof Code
- M-Tray B ROOF t4 Test Report
- M-Tray B ROOF t4 Extended Application Report
- M-Tray B ROOF t4 Classification Report
- M-Tray B ROOF t4 Indicative Report
- Sedum Species List
- Wildflower Species List
M-Tray® module eDrawings Format
M-TRAY 2021 Module
M-TRAY System Build-Up