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School hedges to trim air pollution

27 April, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Children breathe easier by Ambler Primary School’s hedges

A PRIMARY school is combating toxic air pollution by installing air-cleaning hedges around the playground.

Parents of children at Ambler Primary School, in Finsbury Park, were shocked to learn that it was one of the 50 most polluted education centres in the capital last year.

“Pollution is a big concern for a lot of parents. We have a very active environmental group of parents here,” said Angela Kelway, a parent with a child at the Blackstock Road school.

A screen made up of ivy plants was installed over the weekend to turn toxic air into something cleaner.

“We’ve completely transformed the playground and we had an anti-idling day for cars recently. We were running into the street to tell drivers off for keeping their engine on,” added Ms Kelway.

The screens are around two metres high and were funded by a £12,000 grant from City Hall.

Ms Kelway said: “The screens are self-irrigating so will last a very long time.”

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