Lambeth Council has always been one of the more innovative local authorities in combating air pollution for their residents. Their latest initiative involves selecting a number of schools in the most polluted areas of the borough in order to install our Green Screens to reduce air pollution by an average of 40%.
This week is the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018! From 2nd to 8th July you can enjoy one of the largest flower shows in the world at the iconic location of Hampton Court Palace.
Meristem are delighted to have been asked to supply and design 66sqm of living wall at this years show! We have a 2 sided 30sqm wall at the main entrance and 36sqm living wall either side of the stage in the Festival of Roses.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Marleybone is one of London's newest Low Emission Network and as part of it's 3 year plan they intend to install a number of Parklet across their neighbourhood to encourage a model shift from cars to pedestrians and to make the streets more welcoming to visitors and locals.
In order to test out the concept they approached Meristem to install one of our Parklet on Car Free Day on the 22nd September. The feedback we received from residents and students at the University of Westminster during the trial was overwhelmingly positive.
Meristem Design were asked to present at the Healthy Streets event on the 28th Sept at Waltham Forest Town Hall. During a packed session we presented to a host of local authorities, TfL and London assembly delegates on the subject of Community Pop Up Parklets.
Parklets have been popping up across London and we have been working with a number of London Councils and TfL to bring more to the area. Our modular Parklets which can be arranged in any layout and any size making them suitable for many locations.
As everyone knows Parklets are popping up all across London, so when TfL wanted to commission a Parklet for their own Head Office Palestra we were delighted they chose Meristem Design as their preferred partner.
The Parklet was installed on the 25th September to coincide with the Mayors Transport Strategy open day at Palestra attended by TfL and GLA employees to provide feedback on the consultation so far.
TfL is also hoping the Parklet in the reception which will be seen by all visitors to the offices to create debate and to generate interest for more of them on our streets.
Our latest living wall installation created a peaceful courtyard area for our client. We used a mixture of ferns, fatsia japonica, convolvulus, berginia and rosemary to bring luscious greenery to an urban back garden.