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Children block pollution with ‘green wall’ around playground

Lisson Grove primary school takes action over bus stop smog

31 March, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Edward’s Catholic Primary School pupils celebrate gardening work 

GREEN fingered youngsters got stuck into a spot of gardening at school.

The pupils from St Edward’s Catholic Primary, in Lisson Grove, were joined last Wednesday by volunteers from the Baker Street Quarter Partnership, who helped them create a green wall of climbing plants around the borders of their playground.

Acting deputy head June Moon said: “The children loved it. They were raving about it. The volunteers were so great, it really was a big mix of people from all walks of life. It also links in well with our idling project in the area.

“As the pollution is so bad around here, when the buses leave their engines on it affects our children who have got an outdoor area near the bus stand. The idea is we create a green wall to try to combat the pollution.”

With a little help from the volunteers, the eight and nine-year-olds – many of whom don’t have access to gardens of their own – also planted lots of herbs, plants and vegetables in the school’s allotment bed.

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