Over the half term week Meristem installed a staggering 350 meters of Ivy Green Screens across four schools, including a giant 160m long green screen at Prior Weston Primary School - the Mayor’s flagship school for his air quality audit initiative.
Last week Meristem installed three Parklets on St Mary’s Axe, in the City of London, as part of the Active City Network initiative by the City of London Corporation.
The aim of the initiative is to utilise pedestrianisation and green infrastructure in urban design to create cleaner, safer, and more pleasant public spaces for the 513,000 workers in the city to enjoy - with a view to encouraging a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Meristem were at the forefront of the Mayor of London’s new drive to clean up our city’s air last week - installing green screens, as well as some other planting, in three schools around London during half term.
Wyvil Primary School in South Lambeth, Robin Hood Junior School in Sutton, and Christopher Hatton Primary School in Holborn are now the happy beneficiaries of our urban greening, providing a cleaner and healthier environment for their pupils to learn and play in.
The classic K6 BT box, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom from 1926.
In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons along with another red favourite, the Routemaster bus. Due to a significant drop in their use since and the invention of the mobile phones the classic red BT telephone kiosks are unloved, unused and unfortunately being removed or sold into private use throughout the UK.
However there are still some left on our streets - we have repainted and greened up 2 of them. With a fresh splash of BT red paint we have added a steel planter, 2 large Trachelospermum, jasminoides, Vinca minor, Hedera helix and muehlenbeckia to two telephone boxes in Archway, Islington.
There are few urban environments where the air quality is poorer than under a city flyover and the Hammersmith flyover is no exception. The solution: over 95m of Living Green Screens in custom made planters. These pollution reducing screens are part of Hammersmith BID's Business Low Emission Neighbourhood and funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
Meristem returned to St Peter’s Eaton Square C of E School in the heart of London for a second phase of Pollution Reducing Green Screens to improve air quality in the playground for its pupils, staff, parents and visitors.
Meristem installed 25m of 1m high Hedera Helix Woerner Green Screens in bespoke powder-coated steel planters.
We also added an an internal Live Picture filled with 6 fern varieties at the top of the stairs where it can enjoy maximum visibility from the children and staff.
Meristem presented and exhibited our new Wifi enable Parklets at this years Cycling + Walking Innovations event at the Kia Oval, on the 5th December.
We presented to a full house our new range of Parklets that have wifi capability built in, with power accessible from lamp columns creating a community hub. This enables interaction and sponsorship by private companies through the wifi landing page and will provide useful user data and feedback.
Meristem planters on Rivington Street given colourful makeover by Lois O’Hara, an Artist / Designer from Brighton. A collaboration with Lois, W.A.Green and German design brand, pulpo have transformed our 6 large wooden street planters into wonderful art installations.
The 1 year old tree planters have slowed down passing traffic and made the area safer for pedestrians and locals.
We are delighted our Parklets won a Healthy Streets Award last Friday for the Best Healthy Streets Improvement District Project.
This was a joint application with Hammersmith BID for our Business Parklets on Hammersmith Grove, which are part of a wider initiative to deliver green spaces, cleaner air and promote cycling.