Come see our Living Wall in the ‘Clean Air Together’ exhibition at the NLA Building

Cross Rivers Partnership’s (CRP) is currently hosting a month-long exhibition on innovative Air Quality projects across London. Meristem are delighted to be chosen as the partners to supply one of our Living Walls and exhibit 3 of our most recent Air Quality Projects.

Visit CRP’s Clean Air Together exhibition to find out how we can clean the air by working together.

Where: NLA Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT.

When: 5 June – 30 July (Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm)

CRP is a public-private partnership made up of local authorities, business organisations and other strategic agencies relevant to London.  Their members include 26 of Central London’s Business Improvement Districts.

Our living wall is 2.4x4m with approximately 300 indoor plants. Living walls can reduce nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter concentration by up to 60%, they also absorb over 40% more sound than a traditional facade and increase biodiversity.

Meristem’s Living Wall for RHS at Chatsworth Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

When the RHS wanted a Living Wall as a showpiece into Chatsworth Flower Show we were over the moon they chose Meristem to be their preferred supplier.

Living Wall

If you are going please look our for our Living Wall located in the Living Laboratory, where you can learn about how plants and gardens can be integrated in urban areas.

Our Living Wall is 51sqm with over 1,700 plants.

The flower show is at the spectacular Chatsworth House, with inspirational gardens, fields of wild flowers, a living laboratory, and much, much more.

Running from 6th - 10th June.

Buy your tickets here or get them on the door, we hope to see you there!

If you would like further information on our living walls then please get in touch.

Our Community Parklet Shortlisted for the London Sustainabilty Awards 2018

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The Sustainable City Awards celebrate the best examples of innovation and good practice, for a smarter, healthier and more environmentally friendly world.

It is an amazing organisation and the award received a huge amount of entries so we're delighted our Community Parklet has been shortlisted to the last 4.

Fingers crossed... we'll keep you posted!

Four of our Temporary Parklets used for Northbank's Cleaner Streets Day

Northbank Bid organised a Cleaner Streets Day last Wednesday, the event was used to promote a cleaner route to work using John Adam Street which is parallel to the Strand.  It may not have as many shops as the Strand but it certainly is a lot cleaner with less traffic and far less pollution.

Cleaner Streets day
Air Quality day

Northbank really has taken on board the air quality challenge and was recently successful in being awarded one the UK's first ever BLEN (Business Low Emission Neighbourhood).

Similar events to follow across Westminster soon.

Meristem Starts Rolling Out Green Screens at Schools as Part of the Mayor's Air Quality Drive

As part of Sadiq Khan’s plans to improve pollution 50 ‘air quality audits’ for primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London have taken place to identify hard-hitting measures to protect the children from toxic air.

During the Easter break Meristem installed Green Screens at Prior Weston Primary School in the City of London, this was the 1st school to be audited.  This project was successfully funded by City of London's City Air Project  and the construction company Taylor Wimpey.

We planted 40 ivy screens (1.2mx1.8m) along the fence of the playground, the planters were built on site from sleepers and lined with a membrane, creating vast amount of seating.

The screen covered a total of 46m and a height of 2m which has refreshed the school playground, bringing green to a grey space.  

Prior Weston School
Prior Weston School
Ivy Screens
Ivy Screens

The second school we completed during the Easter Break was St Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School located in an area of London that has high levels of air pollution from the volume of traffic in and around Victoria mainline station and Victoria National Bus station.

The project was funded by the Mayor’s Greener City Fund and Grosvenor Estates.

We planted a series of  ivy screens 2.3m high in 7 custom made planters along the rear wall between the busy road and the playground. Rosemary, mint, thyme and sage were planted at the base of the ivy screens. 5 olive trees were also planted with vinca minor and grasses, with a bench between 2 of them to create more seating.

The school also hopes to incorporate the green screen and planting into the children’s basic education about caring for the planet, including learning about the herbs and how to care for the all the plants. The school said they "want the children to become the adults who can help reduce the harmful impact of climate change and create a better London and world”.

Peter’s Eaton Square C. of E. Primary School
Ivy Screens

Air Quality Benefits:

A recent study by the GLA and Defra at a school in Kensington showed:

‘The ivy screen led to a decrease in the pollution concentrations on the playground side of the screen by up to 36% and 41% for NO2 and PM10, respectively’.

The living ivy wall also increases biodiversity as it attracts insects, bees, butterflies and birds.  Ivy screens help to reduce noise pollution, acting as a vegetative acoustic barrier. Offering an attractive, aesthetic alternative to walls and fencing, turning grey spaces to green.

Little maintenance is required with drip line irrigation installed to help the ivy thrive and only yearly pruning needed.

If you have a school or building in a polluted area that can benefit from our green screens then contact us.

 The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source:  BBC

The mayor made the announcemnt in September 2017 as he met pupils from Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. Source: BBC

Meristem Planters and Parklets used in Hackney and Islington's Low Emission Neighbourhood as seen here in the Evening Standard

 Hackney and Islington Council are banning petrol and diesel cars on nine roads Hackney Council

Hackney and Islington Council are banning petrol and diesel cars on nine roads Hackney Council

We are very pleased to read that the petrol and diesel car ban is going ahead and to see our planters being featured in the Evening Standard once again.

After a consultation last month, Islington and Hackney Council signed off plans this week to ban petrol and diesel cars during peak hours in parts of east London. The scheme, which is part of the ‘Low Emission Neighbourhood’ (LEN) project, has been given the go ahead for July 2018.  

Fines of up to £130 will be given to motorists who are caught disobeying the new ban.

'The scheme will see all but the cleanest cars banned from nine streets between the hours of 7am and 10am and 4pm and 7pm.'

Pedestrians and cyclists will have access to the zones during these peak times, in addition to ultra-low emission vehicles (electric cars, e-bikes, the newest hybrids and hydrogen vehicles).

These streets will be easier and safer to walk and cycle, with reduced levels of air and noise pollution.

According to Hackney Council their ultimate goal is to reclaim the streets from polluting motor vehicles. Improving the character of the area for the local residents and businesses. 

Great steps in making London greener!

You can read the full Evening Standard article here.

Contact us for more information on our on street planting.

Marylebone Car Free Street Party

Over a hundred school children from Halcyon School enjoyed some amazing BMX skills, a bicycle smoothie and music powered by pedals during Marylebone car free day, hosted by Marylebone LEN and Sustrans.

The focus of the day was sustainability, air quality, helping the locals reclaim the street and to encourage cycling and walking.

We were delighted our Parklet was well used and helped turn the grey street to green. The day promoted social interaction, while showing what you can do with the absence of cars. 

Are you planning a car free event or want to hire our Parklet for the day? Call us! 

Verdant Viaduct - Borough Market Living Wall

Come and see our latest living wall project at Borough Market.

This living wall is part of Better Bankside’s Urban Greening and Placemaking Initiatives which aim to improve the public realm in the local area.

The wall helps to reclaim a grey and unused space in the one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, as well as acting as a natural air filter.

We removed a section of a living wall that was struggling and added 82 plants to the main wall to give it a new lease of life. The existing plants were covered in dust and pollution particulates which all had to be cleaned.

We planted a combination of convolvulus arvensis, erysimum (‘Bowles’s Mauve), liriope muscaris, asplenium scolopendrium, polystichum tsus-simense and alpine flowering plants, including gypsophila and dianthus freynii. These were put in to complement the existing scheme of sarcococca ruscifolia, hedera (ivy) and fatsia japonica.

The project challenges included safely carrying out the works at a height of 6m next to a busy pub and in an area with high footfall.

We are very pleased by the outcome and looking forward to it thriving in the months ahead.

Please contact us for further information on our latest projects.




Petrol and diesel cars set to be banned in East London. Do you agree?

We were happy to see our Parklet and tree planters featuring in the Evening Standards article  on Ultra Low Emission Zones.

Petrol and diesel cars are set to be banned in parts of east London under plans that could see motorists fined more than £100 for breaking the rules. Hackney and Islington councils are consulting on a scheme to ban petrol, diesel and older hybrid vehicles from entering nine streets in Hoxton and Shoreditch.

Pedestrians and cyclists would have access to the zones, in addition to ultra-low emission vehicles including electric cars, e-bikes, the newest hybrids and hydrogen vehicles.

It is hoped the plans will bring reduced levels of air and noise pollution and improved surroundings for local residents and businesses.

Fingers crossed this means more urban greening! 


Neal's Yard Planters

Our latest project added a little bit of greenery right in heart of Covent Garden. The brief was to come up with a wall mounted planter design that would fit in with current aesthetic and feel of Neal's Yard.

We designed bespoke corten planters with iroko trellis' to create a naturally weathered look. Jasminoides trachelospermum was chosen to climb the trellis because of its scent, white flowers and year round interest. Carex and delicate white flowering vinca minor were also used to compliment the jasmine.