A thank you to Brentford care homes

brentford care homesSummer 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.

Brentford Market Square community planting project

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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

Third time lucky…

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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

Hounslow Clean Air and Climate Emergency Reference Group

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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

A little time to #MakeBrentfordGreener

P11409287 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

Air quality during the Coronavirus pandemic

Screenshot 2020-04-08 at 12.43.02April 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.uk Continue reading

Hounslow Clean Air and Climate Emergency Reference Group

Screenshot 2020-02-27 at 16.03.33.pngThurs 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

More trees please!

We trees! Mature trees act like lungs for us humans, providing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide and we need more of them to help make our air cleaner.

Air Quality Brentford is taking part in Hounslow Council’s Cleaner Greener campaign alongside other community groups and we are specifically asking for more trees to be planted in Brentford. Trees are either planted on the roads (Hounslow Highways responsibility), Parks (run by Lampton 360) or on housing land (Hounslow Homes).

We’re also asking where and when replacement trees will be planted in the unfortunate event that mature trees are felled.

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Save the date: **Rearranged to Sat 25 April** (no longer Sat 28 March) for Brentford Market Square community planting project

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**Please note that due to an unexpected supply issue with the containers we have had to reschedule this event to Saturday 25 April 2020 from 10.30/11am.**

We need your help with our big community planting project so please save the date and join in the fun! In 2018 we applied to Hounslow Council for funding to buy some containers for Brentford Market Square, in our continued efforts to #MakeBrentfordGreener. The funding was approved and after consultation we decided to get some containers which will be both attractive and resilient for this public space.

We’ve commissioned a company called IOTA who have made containers for spaces in Hanwell, Kings Cross, amongst other locations, and decided to get four large CorTen containers, a little like the container below in Edinburgh, but not as tall, and one bright yellow container, seen below at City University and Kings College Campus London. IOTA Edinburgh.pngIOTA Kings College.png

We’ve consulted with local businesses, the Sunday Market and Hounslow Council and have marked up where the containers will be positioned. Brentford Market Square is a flexible space with multiple uses and the positioning of the Sunday Market stalls and access for the stall holders was a big consideration in the final location of the containers. The chalk has washed off in the meantime with heavy rain but will be re-marked again periodically in the run-up to the planting project.

We plan to fill the containers with lots of plants and are asking local residents if they have any spare plants from their garden to donate to the project. If you have any that might be useful could you email us on airqualitybrentford@hotmail.com by 8 March and we’ll see if we can use them.

AQB 2nd AGM celebration

Mon 18 November 2019 Our 2nd AGM celebration was held last night at The Griffin pub, Brook Road South. Here is the link to the AGM presentation for anyone who is interested and wasn’t able to make the meeting:

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