Hong Kong is often labeled as a concrete jungle, but recently certain organizations have taken action to make the city a greener place. Due to the high density of the city, there isn’t adequate space for farms to expand their planting areas, but organizations such as City Farm have taken advantage of the rooftops of high-rise buildings to create rooftop farms. While the concept is fairly new and foreign, there are actually several benefits of rooftop farming to individuals and the city as a whole:
Destress from city life.
Although you are physically located in the city, you can escape from city life temporarily by heading over to a rooftop garden nearby and watch your plant grow. Having a personal project on the weekends can help reduce mental stress, as you focus all your energy on planting and forget about your daily troubles.
Grow your own organic vegetables.
Organic produce is especially expensive in Hong Kong, since most of them are imported goods which often cost double the price of local produce. At rooftop gardens, you can grow your own vegetables for free and enjoy the health benefits of chemical-free vegetables.
Reduce air pollution.
As plants absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen, this can help improve the air quality in the city. Air pollution has become a serious problem in cities such as Hong Kong, therefore rooftop farms are beneficial for individuals and the city as a whole.
Temperatures around the building can be lowered in the summer.
Many cities often experience an increase in daytime temperature due to the rooftops of buildings absorbing heat and light, then radiating it back into the area. To reduce the “heat island effect”, the plants can absorb some of the sunlight and provide shade for the buildings, which also reduces cooling bills in the long run.
Property value can increase due to aesthetic value.
Although highrise buildings are convenient due to its height and narrow size, most of them look like plain, boring old buildings. By creating a rooftop garden, this can increase the building’s aesthetic value and efficiency, which in turn could potentially increase its property value.