Sourced from Pro Landscaper Magazine
A group of parents at a London primary school have taken the issue of air pollution into their own hands, after successfully crowdfunding over £90,000, which included funding from the Mayor of London, to install a living wall in the playground of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chiswick. Featuring over 12,000 plants, the living wall was officially opened by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. He had also pledged £32,000 to the Chiswick Oasis project.
The 126m living wall, located in the school’s playground and running alongside the A4 aims to reduce air pollutants and improve air quality. This comes after surveys revealed the schools is among the 50 most polluted schools in London. The project has received support from the local community, businesses, parents and celebrities, including Jeremy Paxman, Emma Thompson and Claudia Winkleman.
Receiving funding from the London Mayor’s ‘Crowdfund London’ programme, Sadiq Khan, attended the school’s launch event to officially open the living wall. He also used it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of improving urban air quality. As well as the value of community projects like Chiswick Oasis, which help to create positive change.