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Call for Living Walls to be Installed in Polluted Schools in the UK

on November 11, 2018 at 7:44 am under , ,
Photo: Middlesex University

Schools in polluted areas should have “living walls” installed to protect children from toxic substances in the air, campaigners have claimed. Covering walls with plants could prove an effective strategy as they are able to absorb dangerous pollutants from the air, they said. Two neighboring west London schools are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help pay for these structures, hoping to protect their children from health problems linked with pollution.


Dr Dirk Wildeboer, Senior Lecturer in Bioscience and Biomedical Science, talks to the BBC about the University’s new living wall and how green walls like it can help reduce air pollution.

Can living walls reduce air pollution? BBC News investigates at Middlesex University


“Plants have numerous benefits to the urban environment including the improvement of air quality,” says Dr Wildeboer. “As space is often limited in built-up environments, the installation of green walls on existing buildings or the incorporation of living structures into new buildings provides an innovative solution to urban greening. “Research has shown that green walls can reduce levels of the most harmful air pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10), levels of which are frequently exceeded in many parts of London and other cities.”

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