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!!

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Response to Hounslow Council’s Air Quality Action Plan consultation

8 December 2017 

Referring to p27 of the AQAP, see Figure 10, we are bemused that Brentford is not included as one of TfL’s 187 Focus Areas for air quality across London, within the M4/A4 Corridor, for air quality across London. Continue reading

Orchard Road planting day

orchard road planting day 3dec17.jpgSunday 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

Bonnington Square, Vauxhall

bonnington_square.jpgBonnington 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…

Brentford Festival

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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

Sustainability Summit at Kew House School

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30 June 2017 We attended a Sustainability Summit at Kew House School, organised by InterClimate Network, a charity who work with secondary school students to inspire them to take action in Climate Change, asking ‘What can I do to make a difference?’. Schools involved were Kew House, Gumley House, Isleworth Boys and Hammersmith Academy. Guest speaker Dr Michal Nachmany (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE) was inspirational, and not just for the students. She discussed how as humans we become addicted to our lifestyles, even if we know it’s bad for us. Plastics, use of electricity, animal products (making 1/4 of emissions in the world) are difficult to step away from. The most vulnerable populations in the world are the most effected by climate change. There is a need for a) Regulation, b) Motivation, what makes people want to change and c) Alternatives.

Air Quality Brentford went along with members of BRAG (Brentford Recycling Action Group) to lead mini-workshops to discuss issues of Air Quality and Recycling, alongside others discussing Transport and Resources. It was a wonderful afternoon and the brainstorming ideas from the pupils were a joy to witness, see above. We hope to work further with these schools in the Autumn term, giving our air quality mini-talk, and look forward to helping them put their actions in to practice to help make our air cleaner.

Inspiring front gardens

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June 2017 We might not all have the luxury of a front garden but adding greenery to the front of our houses and flats, even in a window box, is one way of helping to combat air pollution. Continue reading