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Hammersmith school unveils new greenery to beat pollution

A Hammersmith school has given its grounds a pollution-busting green makeover.

St Paul’s primary school recently unveiled its new bee-themed garden to give pupils a greener outdoor space for play and education.

The makeover, part of a wider project working closely with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, will also include a new council-funded ‘woodland garden’ at the school’s entrance.

“We’re working hard with residents and schools to create a borough where children have clean air,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“The new garden and greenery are just a few of the innovative ways we can make central Hammersmith greener and more pleasant again.”

Mini woodland

The new garden includes a ‘mini woodland’ with numerous saplings that will grow tall and ivy covered ‘green screens’.

The work was done through the charity Trees for Cities’ Planting Healthy Air in Schools scheme, and was part-funded by H&F Council and the Mayor of London.

“We are thrilled to finally have our completed woodland which is the product of many months of hard work and input from so many partners and supporters,” said Claire Fletcher, Headteacher at St Paul’s.

“We truly have a green space to enable learning to flourish; improve air quality and provide a legacy for many children for years to come.”

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Image caption: Image 2: The St Paul's primary school woodland project close to Hammersmith Flyover

Greening the Flyover

Work is now underway to also bring some welcome greenery outside the school.

As well as creating a mini-wildlife haven, the project – to reduce pollution and add greenery to the flyover area – includes adding colourful foliage-themed artworks to the structure’s grey, concrete pillars.

Oxygen-boosting plants

Last year, the first part of the project involved the installation of ivy green screens alongside the Hammersmith Gyratory, along with several large flower planters.

The plans, which also include a new bike parking hub, are hoped to encourage more active travel, while adding oxygen-boosting plants and shrubs.

The work complements the new parklets in Hammersmith Grove, long grass alongside Talgarth Road and the two proposed new cycle routes through Hammersmith.

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