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Green Roofs of Norway

SeeOneSoul

Cape Town, South Africa

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So in some places in Norway you will see lovely wooden buildings with little “roof gardens” ;) … The sod roof, or green roof, or grass roof was an old traditional style of roofing and had very simple and practical reasons:

“In the old days, it was common for Norwegian houses to grow grass on the roof. Cottage roofs were made out of tree bark and to keep it from curling up the old folk would put turf on top. The grass held the turf down, keeping it on the roof and during the Summers the grass (and weeds) would shoot and flower. As it turned out the turf on the roof was also good for insulation keeping the cottage warm during winter and cool during summer.” – Excerpt from Norwegian Houses – My Little Norway

… all makes sense now, eh? ;))

More images from my visits to Norway are available here

~ Tina

PS: Goats are great at “mowing the lawn” up there!! :))

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