Sunday, May 05, 2013

Vertical Greening

This is the first of probably a few posts on Air Quality. On Saturday 4th May I went to a training day with Sustrans on their Cleaner Air Champions Project. Also there were Mira Vogel and Robert Greenall. The venue was accessed via a courtyard off Cowcross Street in Farringdon where I took this photograph because it reminded me of something I was sent recently by our Town Centre Manager Cathy MacBride.


This was the Transport for London report “Delivering Vertical Greening”. (PDF 1.3 MB)
Extract from the introduction:
The Clean Air Fund (CAF) was a £5m grant from the Department of Transport (DfT) to Transport for London (TfL) for the implementation of short-term local air quality improvement measures. CAF enabled measures to be implemented during 2011 and 2012 at priority locations at risk of exceeding EU limits for levels of particulate matter (PM), specifically PM10. Research has shown that vegetation (green infrastructure) has the potential to trap PM and is therefore suitable for introduction or enhancement in places where air pollution is of concern. The method by which green infrastructure (GI) traps PM, and the amount it could help in improving local air quality, is discussed in the Green wall benefits section.

Research has shown that vegetation (green infrastructure) has the potential to trap PM ..” Well, yes! Why do think there are so many Plane Trees in London? They are there because they were planted to deal with high levels of industrial pollution in the 19th and early 20th centuries before we all had cars.

Here’s a Green Cube that Mira pinged me on Twitter.


To be continued ....

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