Goose Green Primary School 'Green Screen Project'
Our inner-city school’s small playground borders a very busy main road that exposes our children to dangerously high levels of air pollution. We want to install a green screen of pre-grown ivy across the entire boundary fence so we reduce children’s exposure to pollution. Children, teachers and families will benefit and so will the local community.
- Reduce pupils' and staff's exposure to harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Our school is on a road that has been found to exceed safe levels of NO2. There is scientific proof planting a green screen gives immediate benefit.
- Provide long-term health and aesthetic benefits for the local community. The green screen will help cleanse the air for the entire local area and provide an example to other local schools, we hope to create a domino effect of benefit in the long-run.
- Underline the school’s commitment to being ‘eco-warriors’ and support its learning on environmental issues both now and for the future by promoting a positive environmental message, helping combat climate change and providing a habitat for wildlife.
How we will achieve our goals
The award would allow for the immediate installation of 66 pre-grown ivy panels across the entire boundary fence with the main road. A roundabout, bus stop, Kwik Fit, DIY depot and traffic lights on this road means idling traffic and HGVs are frequent. PE and Early Years teaching is outside – it is vital to protect pupils from harmful pollutants.
Where the money will go
As well as our school, the local community – library, cafes, homes, shops – will benefit too. Ivy screens clean the air for all by capturing pollutants on the surface area of the leaves, these are then washed away by rain, removing them entirely from the environment. We’ll also be a ‘green beacon’ and encourage others in the community to follow.