Sunday 25 April 2021 For a couple of years now we have wanted to have a planter to brighten up the south side of Brentford Station, as the ones on the north side have done so well in greening up the area. We’ve been working with South Western Railways to find a suitable location and container for this purpose.
Syon House thought they had a container we could use, however it was broken – they’ve been amazing, donating 9 large containers for our past community planting projects. Instead we contacted Hilliers, the new garden centre at Syon, which opened this week, and they were able to find and donate a very large plastic tree container. Many thanks to them for arranging for the container to be delivered to Syon for us, it’s perfect. We used polystyrene from Currys PC World to line the bottom, and top soil from a resident’s garden to fill it up.
Staying within current Covid restrictions we managed to plant up the container amidst lots of very interesting railway works happening at the same time. Local residents are helping to look after the new container.
Tues 23 February 2021 Hounslow Council invited us to a webinar hosted by campaign group Idling Action London who are helping to raise awareness of unnecessary idling of vehicles with their Engine Off Every Stop campaign which runs from 22 February til 23 March this year – look out for our adverts on billboards across London, on radio and online. The Idling Action Project has been running since 2016. Now in its fourth phase it is jointly led by the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Camden. The campaign is funded by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund.
The campaigns encourages drivers to switch off when pulled over as this is the easiest way to protect public health and make an immediate improvement to local air quality. They believe that if drivers were aware of the pollution created by idling and the dangers of that pollution, they would switch off.
All 31 London Boroughs are taking part in this initiative and during the webinar there were presentations from Camden, Lambeth and Newham Boroughs, which have tackled the issue of idling with enforcement officers and raising awareness particularly within schools, as this pollution has been shown particularly to affect the lungs of children and the elderly.
There is a whole range of tools, activity packs and posters on their website for Schools, Businesses and other organisations to download for free and get involved in raising awareness of this issue.
Local printers OctInk kindly printed some No Idling car stickers for us last year and we still have some left to give away for free – if you’d like one please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 2021 This Springtime we’re suggesting a route for you to walk, scoot or cycle around Air Quality Brentford’s community planting projects. The spring bulbs we planted in November are already flowering. This is part of our campaign to #MakeBrentfordGreener to help improve our air quality locally, increase biodiversity and encourage residents to green-up space in their own front gardens, balconies and window boxes. This year has shown just how important green spaces are for mental health and a feeling of well-being and even the smallest space can make a big difference.
❤️ Please get in touch if you can volunteer some time to look after the projects nearest you. For watering in hot months and an occasional tidy-up, email us at email@example.com
🌼 Post us your favourite plant, tree, insect, or pockets of greenery 🐝❤️🦋🐛🐞🌺🌿🌻🌷🌸🌼🌲 while on your travels #MakeBrentfordGreener @agreenerlondon
A little more info…
🐝 1. Brentford station/Orchard Road – South Western Railway gave us permission to plant daffodils on the grassy slope to the north side of the station. The slope used to attract a lot of rubbish from train passengers, and the flowers have managed to deter the throwing of litter. We also liaised with SWR to plant up two containers on the station platform and four outside the station. The slope opposite the Kings Arms pub is also on SWR land and we look after this as well as the planters on Orchard Road near Mercury House. Further info here, here, here, and here.
🦋 2. Boston Manor Road shops – Hounslow Highways gave us permission to put planters outside the shops here to brighten up this area outside the newsagents and across the road outside the dry cleaners. Orchard Road residents help to look after the plants here and at Brentford Station. Further info here.
🐛 3. Eastbourne Road walkway – we liased again with Hounslow Highways for this area which was in need of some greenery and these planters are looked after by local residents. Further info here.
🐞 4. Hamilton Road – we worked directly with the newsagent, pub and hairdressers to add some greenery to this road. This area also used to attract litter. Local residents take care of the plants here. Further info here.
🌺 5. Netley Road shops – Hounslow Highways gave us permission to use planters in this location to brighten up the public area outside the shops. Local residents and the nearby shops look after these plants. Further info here.
🌿 6. Tree saplings on Green Dragon Lane – Lampton 360 gave us permission and worked with us to plant over 100 tree saplings as part of the Mayor of London initiative to plant 100,000 trees across London. We planted most of them on this site and over 30 at Mercury House and these will be relocated in to the green spaces of some of the estates in Brentford once they have reached a suitable size. They were planted two years ago and are beginning to look quite leafy in the summer and have gained a good height. Further info here.
🌻 7. Brentford High Street, outside Watermans Court – in partnership with the Co-op Housing Association we got permission to plant in to the 10 empty brick planters outside the residential development bordering the High Street. Horticultural students at Capel Manor College designed and planted up the containers as part of their final term at the college. We could do with some extra assitance to water these planters in the hot months of the year – can you help? Further info here.
🌷 8. Brentford Market Place – we received a grant from Hounslow Council to green-up Market Place. It took a while to decide on the lovely Corten containers and we got them custom-made for us in ‘Covid times’ which led to some delay, however the containers have made a positive difference to this public space. We look forward to seeing the plants grow throughout the coming seasons. Local residents and businesses look after these plants. Further info here.
🌸 9. Brentford Gauging Lock – working with The Canal & Rivers Trust we used containers donated to us by Kew Gardens to green up the central island at the Gauging Lock. Volunteers at the lock help look after the plants by watering them in the summer. Further info here.
❤️ Air Quality Brentford is a community group, we are all local residents who volunteer some time to care for our environment. Thank you for any donations towards maintaining these community planting projects in the future. Air Quality Brentford Account number: 76622207 Sort code: 600323
Summer 2020 As a small gesture of thanks and recognition in these strange times, we gave a couple of plants to Maryville Care Home on Upper Butts, and to Harnage House on Clayponds Lane. Potted plants to Care Homes was Mayor Tony Louki’s idea to thank Care Homes for their work during the pandemic.
Saturday 8 August 2020 With gardening gloves, trowels, sun cream and protective face masks at the ready, we were finally able to complete the community planting project for Brentford Market Square, two years after applying for funding. To answer a few questions: no they don’t have wheels, and yes they are here to stay!!
Huge thanks go out to all of the volunteers who helped on the day, there was an enormous amount of work involved and many hands really made the task lighter. One team of people filled cars and vans with 120 bags of soil sourced from a resident’s garden, plus over 100 plants, and another team unloaded everything at the Market Square end. Continue reading →
30 July 2020 Community planting project to go ahead on Saturday 8 August with a limited number of volunteer helpers – do let us know if you can help.
We had originally planned the Brentford Market Square container planting project to go ahead in March this year, however there was a supply issue with the steel, an early sign of the disruption to come. The rearranged date for April was subsequently also cancelled due to lockdown and the unprecedented situation we found ourselves in with Covid-19. Continue reading →
Tuesday 7 July 2020 The second meeting of this group was held online via Microsoft Teams. Having consulted with the community and schools this Spring, Hounslow Council are taking their Climate Emergency Plan to Cabinet next week to be approved. They are starting to implement projects and will give annual updates on their progress. Continue reading →
7 April 2020 With some people spending more time at home, there has been a renewed interest in gardening and growing. Whether you have a garden, window box or window sill, Spring is a good time to get seeds planted. Gardening is excellent for mental well-being especially in these uncertain times we’re living through. Plants and trees help improve air quality, as they produce essential Oxygen for our lungs, and absorb Carbon Dioxide, a major contributor of Global Warming. Growing your own fruit and veg is fun and some colourful Spring and Summer flowers will help to lift our spirits in months to come and help to #MakeBrentfordGreener. Continue reading →
April 2020 Air quality in Brentford has improved on the whole during the Coronavirus pandemic with a vast reduction in traffic travelling along the M4 and A4 arterial routes. Hounslow Council employ Ricardo to do their air quality monitoring and you can look at the results and make graphs such as this at http://www.airqualityengland.co.ukContinue reading →
Thurs 27 Feb 2020 Following on from last October’s meeting where the ideas in the *above diagram* were collated, a new Clean Air and Climate Emergency Reference Group has been formed. We took part in this first meeting organised by Hounslow Council, alongside other interested local community groups. Some key points: the Council plan to be net zero by 2030, will be using 100% renewable energy by Oct 2020, are planning solar farms in Hillingdon, solar panels in schools, and are making progress with electrification of their vehicle fleet. Continue reading →