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Tower Hamlets Council are pledging to carry out air quality audits at various schools around the borough. This has come in response to the school gates at Stephen Hawking Primary School in Limehouse having been covered in ivy. The climbing plant acts as a filter to damaging particulates emitted by road traffic in the area and bring pupils closer to nature.
Today, Tower Hamlets confirmed its commitment to carry out three air quality audits per year at primary schools to assess ways to improve air quality. Part of this will include the installation of growing plants like ivy, on the walls of local primary schools, to tackle toxic air pollution emitted from vehicles.
Cllr Kabir Hussain, Cabinet Member for Environment and the Climate Emergency, visited the school, which is dedicated to raising the standard of educational achievement for children with learning, health, and care needs.
Cllr Kabir Hussain, said, ‘It was lovely to visit Stephen Hawking Primary School and see the green wall installation. We are committed to improving air quality and implementing projects that help protect children’s lung capacities and ensure they can breathe cleaner air.’
The Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards team has organised green wall installations at two other schools in the borough recently; Cyril Jackson Primary School, in Limehouse, and Old Palace Primary School, in Bow.
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This is a brilliant idea and i hope that it will be carry on not only at schools but around Tower Hamlets homes around all estates!
I just would like to inform u that your effort is very important not only for childrens at schools but to all residents of Tower Hamlets!
Im living at Clarion estate at Bethnal Green Cornwall Avenue and recently Clarion decided to vandalise our 30 years old ivy which we cherish all those years and was home for birds and provided food for bees and shade as well as filtrate the polluted air- i can not understand the decision without consideration what kind of impact is going to have on residents and nature!
It is the sadness moment for us the residents of Clarion housing!!!
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