Green Wall To Tackle Air Pollution At Edgware Road Station

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Green Wall To Tackle Air Pollution At Edgware Road Station

A 200 sq m 'green wall' on the side of Edgware Road Bakerloo Line station is up and growing, not only softening the bleak look of the hugely busy junction but, hopefully, mitigating the effects of air pollution on Marylebone Road.

The wall features 15 varieties of plant that were specially selected for their ability to trap polluting 'particulate matter' and act as air filters. It was pre-grown for 8 weeks in a Sussex nursery before being erected on site, well-established. Come spring, the wall should see a spurt of new growth.

Scientists from Imperial College will monitor the effectiveness of the green wall over the next 18 months in the hope that similar living walls can be rolled out as a cost-effect way to reduce pollution and make the urban environment more green.

The Mayor will be hoping this and other projects financed by the London Clean Air Fund — which is also enabling tree planting projects such as the 50 planted towers on Lower Thames Street and 200 lime trees along the A40 — seriously reduce the level of particulate matter in London's air. Earlier this year the government temporarily dodged £300m in fines for breaching EU limits on air pollution but the situation has not really improved. The environmental audit committee (EAC) of MPs was recently accused of "actively trying to dilute safety standards", in order to avoid fines from the EU for breaches of the rules.

London's air quality is also a 'hot potato' for the forthcoming Olympics.

Last Updated 30 November 2011

Beth A

The Mayor already has a fantastic way of cutting pollution staring him in the face; improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure! Instead of doing this he seems hell-bent on getting as much traffic into London as possible!


Beautiful, but thousands and thousands of green walls would be needed to mitigate the air pollution in central London!  On 21st November there was a 'summit' on air pollution in London, at which it was explained that London air pollution is now so severe that children's lung development is being affected. It is a crisis situation. Air pollution measurements along the A101 in Islington showed pollution levels 25% above the EU safe limit in some locations, and 75% above at Highbury Barn. Readings taken at child-height showed even higher readings.

Chris Hayes

This is just a PR stunt and I guess Boris will be along for a photo op soon. Why not do something serious about reducing pollution. This will do next to nothing

Teresa Stokes

I love this, I pass it often and it has grown up amazingly since this picture was taken.