Mobilane were chosen to supply their ivy green screens to Hunter’s Bar school in Sheffield. Mobilane have been speaking with the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture on their air quality research and Mobilane living green screens have already been planted and are working hard against pollution around a number of other schools across the UK. At Hunters Bar, the screens have been planted as the first line of defence against air pollution in the school’s #GoGoGreen campaign.
The #GoGoGreen project includes screening and planting and is the culmination of eight months of the school’s fundraising, community and corporate support and engagement. As a result of fantastic community and corporate support, the school were able to have 50 Mobilane green screens installed around the playground perimeter.
Air pollution and mitigation
The school began to investigate air pollution levels and their mitigation methods back in 2017, measuring and discovering the shocking news that their own playground monthly averages of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) had exceeded the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines twice in a two year period.
PhD student María del Carmen Redondo Bermúdez has been measuring NO2 and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) levels daily since April 2019. Armed with this data prior to the living ivy green screens being installed, Maria’s work will now continue to monitor levels and measure the air quality now that the ivy green screens are filtering the critical pollutants. The study is due to be completed and published in 2021.
The School’s #GoGoGreen campaign has been an enormous undertaking, and one that has seen donations of over £54K.
The planting design was undertaken by Urban Wilderness in collaboration with the University and the planting itself was managed in a series of volunteer planting sessions by the School, the Department of Landscape Architecture and other supporting organisations across the region.