Monday 4 December 2017 We invited our Brentford Councillors to visit Bonnington Square with us to experience in person this amazing green enclave on the outskirts of a busy traffic zone. Taking the train from Brentford to Vauxhall, we walked through the tunnel at South Lambeth Place, across the road and down Langley Lane. Already containers of all shapes and sizes sat outside homes, overflowing with plants. Space had been made around the bases of trees to plant grasses, shrubs and palms. The garden at the centre of Bonnington Square has made full use of the space, transforming it in to a haven of calm for all to use. Residents around the square have fully embraced the value of green infrastructure and have integrated plants wherever possible, bringing life to otherwise uninspiring streets. It’s great to see how the square changes throughout the year – see our September trip here.
Our aim is to make Brentford’s streets and spaces a lot greener to help mitigate the harmful effects of traffic pollution, by adding shrubs, bushes, hedges, trees and planting wherever possible. Hope you’ll join us in this venture!!
Sunday 3 December Thanks so much to everyone who came along to plant 1600 spring bulbs on the grassy bank by Brentford Station and Orchard Road at the weekend. We were successful in our application for free spring bulbs from the Metropolitan Gardening Association (MPGA) which were generously donated by O A Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach, Spalding. Continue reading
September/October 2017 This seems to be the time of year for funding applications and we have applied for CiL funding from Hounslow Council and a small forum grant to see if we can help improve the green infrastructure in Brentford. We hope that some of our applications are successful.
The projects we have in mind are:
1) Hedge or living wall at the railings in between Middlesex Court, Glenhurst Road, Brentford and the busy A4 traffic, see above. We have spoken with TfL about planting here to help mitigate the harmful effects of air pollution from the traffic, both for the residents of Middlesex Court and also the neighbouring residential roads beyond. It’s possible that TfL could help with match-funding this as this is their land. Continue reading
Bonnington Square is an inspiration. Just seconds from the busy main roads around Vauxhall station stands a community-lead garden which spills out with infectious abundance on to the surrounding roads. Every opportunity to plant under trees has been taken, road corners transformed in to islands with palm trees and lush green planting. The results of this effort is a haven away from the urban traffic just at the end of the street. The plants naturally help to clean the air by trapping sticky particulates and converting CO2 to O2 for our benefit. It’s a beautiful, tranquil environment which make you want to be outside. Some tips perhaps for making Brentford a greener place to live…
Sunday 3 September A slightly windier rainier day than expected greeted us in Blondin Park for our stand at Brentford Festival. We’d invited Tesla, Mitsubishi, Nissan and BMW to showcase their electric and hybrid vehicles and ChargeMaster to display their charging technology as an alternative to diesel and petrol cars.
We also wanted to get support for our planting projects to make Brentford greener in certain places to help mitigate the harmful effects of traffic pollution. We hope to see you again on one of our gardening projects.
If you didn’t get a chance to read our information posters here they are again. Continue reading
Thurs 17 August Living Streets held a walk of the streets around the Museum of London as a demonstration of ‘psychogeography’, how we feel in a place, do we feel safe, is it an environment you want to be in?
Up on the high-rise walkway with space dedicated to pedestrians it was easy to feel safe and distant from the traffic below. We were asked to take note of how we felt when the open walkway became enclosed with no outlook. The way-finding signs for the Barbican were well placed on the high rise section above the street so that people could find where they were going. Continue reading
July 2017 We have just set up a bank account and are ready to accept any financial contributions to our cause.
We are all volunteers so are unpaid, however we are beginning to raise funds for publicity costs and more importantly for planting projects. In addition to liaising with the Council on various greening ideas, we plan to help mitigate the harmful effects of air pollutants with our own projects to make Brentford a much greener place.
If this is something you could help us with that would be wonderful.
Here are our bank details:
Air Quality Brentford
Account number: 76622207
Sort code: 600323