London National Park City fair

london national city fair.jpgSaturday 21 July 2018 We went along to the London National Park City Fair at Conway Hall, which kicked off a week of events and as a countdown to Spring 2019 when London will become a National Park City, and enjoyed listening to a variety of interesting talks including one from our neighbours in Chiswick Abundance London. Continue reading

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Our film with Doctors Against Diesel

July 2018 It’s been a year in the making for various reasons but our short film Grab a Breath in collaboration with campaign group Doctors Against Diesel is now finished. It features children from the school council at Green Dragon School in Brentford and they did a great job at asking Doctor Norrice Liu questions about air pollution.

You can view it here on YouTube, it’s only 6 minutes long:

London Air Quality Network (LAQN) Conference 2018

P1000252Tuesday 3 July 2018 It was a glorious sunny day, a wander through Embankment gardens with it’s tropical banana plants and along the terrace of Somerset House to Kings College Strand campus to attend this year’s London Air Quality Network Conference. This is an effort to summarise a thoroughly interesting day full of information in to a few paragraphs. Hounslow Council currently subscribe to Ricardo AEA for their air quality monitoring.

Professor Frank Kelly from King’s College introduced the event stating that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the network. Continue reading

New Data Protection law

April 2018 As you might be aware there are some *new* General Data Protection Regulations which will come in to force on 25 May.

This new law means that because we hold your email address as a supporter of Air Quality Brentford, we need to let you know:
– how we manage this information
– and ask for you to *OPT IN* for us to stay in touch with you

If you agree please reply to this email so that we can continue to keep you informed about our work, for example the planting projects at Brentford Station. A blank email will be sufficient with the heading ‘Yes please keep in touch with me’. Continue reading

People’s Question Time in Hounslow

IMG_4707.JPGThurs 1 March 2018 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, ventured over to Hounslow Civic Centre in the snow, with colleagues from the London Assembly to answer questions from the local audience. Chaired by Tony Arbour, the topics included: transport, safety, air quality and environment, housing, growing London’s economy.

Air Quality Brentford asked the Mayor this question (in a truncated version on the day and in full by email the following day): Continue reading

Hostile Streets event at City Hall

IMG_2853.JPGMonday 4 December 2017 Following our trip to Bonnington Square we headed over to City Hall where we’d been invited to a ‘Hostile Streets’ event, reporting on a series of visits to Outer London junctions. Host Caroline Russell, London Assembly Member, stated that ‘one of the most extreme cases was in Brentford’ where she was stuck in the middle of fast-flowing traffic, with children who use the crossing on a daily basis for school. We asked if traffic on the A4 could be reduced to 30mph to help improve air quality and to improve safety through the residential area. The report lists decreasing traffic speed as one possible measure in improving such roads and this is now in the hands of TfL to consider. John Dales, from Urban Movement and a trustee of Living Streets, chaired the meeting and being local, is also keen to improve conditions on the A4. Dr Rachel Aldred, a Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, had been looking at the risk factors involved. Lucy Saunders, from TfL said that their approach was to create ‘Healthy Streets’ which has an impact on all people. The Hostile Streets report can be read here – Brentford made it on to the front cover…..

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Trip to Bonnington Square

bonnington_square_trip_dec17.jpgMonday 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!!