Applying for £ to make Brentford greener

IMG_7680.JPGSeptember/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

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Doctors Against Diesel short film

IMG_9082.jpg7 July 2017 Back in the summer on a very warm and balmy day we invited the campaign group Doctors Against Diesel over to Brentford to answer questions from children at Green Dragon Primary School. Ezra Hinds kindly agreed to do the filming and another volunteer, Magred Pryce is now doing the post-production for this short film. As a follow-up from one of our mini-talks on air pollution, children from the school council discussed the issues with Doctor Norrice Liu, Paediatrician at Queen Mary University. We had a really fun morning together and are looking forward to seeing the final film. We’ll make this available to all local schools and online to help raise awareness of the issues of air pollution and more specifically how it impacts the health of children. Read more about Doctors Against Diesel‘s campaign here.

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

Living Streets walk at the Museum of London

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

Meeting with JCDecaux

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Thursday 3 August 2017 Air Quality Brentford met with JCDecaux, TfL and Hounslow Council at the Outdoor Advertising Company’s prestigious Art Deco offices on the Golden Mile. We discussed the possibility of using their advertising space in downtime to raise awareness of the unnecessary pollution caused by idling cars. JCDecaux already use standard stop-start technology on their vehicle fleet and train their drivers to switch off their engines when at a standstill for vehicles without this technology, both for environmental and economic benefit. They have 4 electric vehicles which they plan to increase by a further 6 in the coming year. Continue reading

We have a bank account!

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