Optimising Garden Space

Optimising Planting Choices for Domestic Gardens & Green Roofs

Thomas Rawson

My 6-week research placement was with both the Maths and Agriculture departments. The main goal was to develop a mathematical method by which to calculate the best combination of plant species to achieve the optimum combination of ecosystem services. For example, if one wanted to cool the air of a domestic garden, but was limited by how much they could spend on plants, what is the best they can do with the money they have?

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