The plan is to convert the fence which surrounds the infant playground into a multi-functional and diverse green screen. The infant playground is situated adjacent to Warwick Road which is consistently busy and congested, only a few feet away. The space is used by 200+ young children and staff. It is also used as a Children Centre for local families in the evenings, and is open to the public hosting a Farmers Market on the weekend. It is a well used and cherished space, but is a hazard to the health of those who use it, especially the young children. We aim to intall a wall of vegetation between the road and playground to improve the air quality safegaurding people's health. It will cut off the playground from the surrounding inner city setting, reducing noise levels from the road and providing a lush green backdrop to activities.
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Why it's a great idea:
It is widely known that prolonged exposure to bad air quality has serious impacts on people's health, especially for vulnerable groups like children.There are immidiate and substantial effects on health outcomes following a reduced exposure to air pollutants. It is therefore imperative we put measures in place to improve the air quality as a matter of urgency. The screen will also improve the feel of the playground. It will provide a more natural setting and reduce the noise of the busy road creating a more tranquil peaceful place to spend time. It will be used as an opportunity to teach the children about the dangers of bad air quality and the eco-system services provided by the green screen. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to reduce the impact of the congested road on the children and community groups using the playground, providing numerous simultaneous benefits.
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About the space
St Cuthberts School
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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