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Goose Green Primary School 'Green Screen Project'

(London)

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.

Our goals:

  • 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.
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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.

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Please vote for Goose Green

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Good luck Goose green hope you win

  3. Posted on August 9, 2017

    A really great Project to get behind. Hope it wins!!

  4. Posted on August 9, 2017

    What a brilliant project, and its such a quick and effective way of instantly reducing dangerous noxious fumes which damage our childrens health.

  5. Posted on August 10, 2017

    great project!

  6. Posted on August 10, 2017

    I think it’s a fantastic project, but can’t believe the cost of planting ivy!

  7. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Good luck with your fundraising. From Mr P.

  8. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Brilliant idea, hope this succeeds!

  9. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Yes it is expensive! The grant would cover the cost of the pre-grown panels (a shocking approx. 87m worth of them, to screen the whole border!) and the installation and maintenance thereof (to ensure longevity). The expense lies in the fact that these are already approx. 2m high screens of mature ivy plants, which have been pre-grown in a nursery and will simply be fitted in place. The benefits are immediate because we don’t have to wait for them to grow!

  10. Posted on August 13, 2017

    Best of luck with the vote!

  11. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Great plan – Go for it and good luck.

  12. Posted on August 16, 2017

    fingers crossed Goose Green – hope you win as it is a great project

  13. Posted on August 20, 2017

    What a good idea. Will benefit the whole area

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