Innovative ivy screens are boosting air quality at an Islington school – as Islington Council announces more air quality audits for the borough’s schools.
The 7ft-tall ivy wraps around the playground at Prior Weston Primary School. Filtering damaging particulates and helping to absorb polluting gases from nearby streets.
The pioneering ivy screens were installed in June with funding from Islington Council, Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership and the Mayor of London, following an air quality audit at the school by the Mayor. Funding also paid for pupils to produce an air pollution walking map to encourage less-polluting travel to school.
Islington has also announced a wider programme of air quality audits for schools across the borough. The first schools being audited are Hugh Myddelton Primary, Thornhill Primary and St John’s Upper Holloway CE Primary, with more to follow. The ultimate aim is to carry out an audit for every school in the borough.
Shirley Rodrigues, City Hall Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy said:
“The Mayor is determined to do everything in his power to help tackle our toxic air and protect children’s health. Our 50 school air quality audits are already resulting in positive action for thousands of pupils, including at Prior Weston school where we have helped deliver the new green ivy pollution barrier and walking maps. It’s great that Islington council are now offering these important air quality audits to many more schools in the borough.”