This plant is also known as the Virginia Creeper and thus is a familiar sight in the Autumn with its scarlet leaves. But what ,any people don’t realise is that it has small green flowers in the Spring – pollinated by bees – which result in small blue/black berries that are eaten by birds. It provides a blanket of foliage up to 12 inches in depth thus creating a shade blanket. It is especially suitable for growing along roads as it grows well in low fertility and draughty conditions, and handles drought well. It has not significant pests or diseases and can live for 25-50 years and thus is will not need renewing for a very long time. Not only is it tolerant to pollution but the plant leaves will assist in trapping particulates and small particles. Studies in Singapore have shown that commuters at bus-stops breathe in 3.5 times the norm of toxic gases and articles, and bus-stops are hot spots for tiny particles from vehicle exhaust fumes. We are still waiting to hear from the tfl Surface Transportation office to gain their approval for this project but are hopeful of receiving this soon. We have contacted Brent Council to try and obtain not only their consent for a pot on the pavement but also to ask for their 'push' to tfl acceptance.