Community Create 'Blueprint' Green Wall to Protect Schoolchildren From Pollution

Sourced from The Star

The wall of specially-chosen trees and plants now covers the playground at Hunters Bar Infant School, an achievement that has been three years in the making and a citywide effort.

Rowan Hall, parent governor at the school started to look into air pollution levels at the school when a question about playground air quality was raised in a governors meeting in 2017.

She said: “We realised that twice in two years we’d exceeded the UK limits for nitrogen dioxide so I went to the council and asked ‘what can we do about this issue?'”

They did some research into what other schools in the country were doing to tackle the problem and met with Sheffield University who said they would fund a research student to investigate the school’s air quality for a joint project.

Ms Hall said: “It’s incredible to see it all come together now. We started fundraising this year, so all the school, parents and families and businesses, came together and started raising money.”

She said they managed to raise more than £20,000 through things like sponsoring panels, a fun run and a David Bowie tribute gig. They also engaged 50 businesses in the project.

Read the full article