Clean Air Scheme
Hedgerows and Air Pollution
Pioneering clean air scheme will Protect Playgrounds from pollution in Manchester
A new pilot scheme which aims to boost air quality in school playgrounds located next to major roads is set to launch in Manchester.
Scientists from Lancaster University have designed a programme which they believe has the potential to transform national policy, by demonstrating how evergreen hedges can be used as a natural shield to reduce the impact of traffic pollution on pupils.
The “Protecting Playgrounds” project – which will be delivered by Groundwork, with funding from Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – will produce results which could benefit other schools in Manchester and beyond.
The four schools selected to take part in the initial trial currently only have railings or mesh fencing between their playgrounds and an adjacent main road. Research has shown that evergreen hedges planted along the fenceline act as a natural filter, absorbing some of the particulate air pollution generated by passing traffic. The project will test the use of instant hedges with different species, density and leaf shape, in a bid to identify the most effective green barrier for school boundaries.
During the trial – which is set to begin this summer and run into the autumn – pollution levels will be monitored in both playgrounds and classrooms, to observe what reduction in air pollution levels the hedges help to achieve.
The four selected schools are all located close to main arterial routes within the Greater Manchester Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), which illustrates the most polluted areas of the city. Monitoring equipment has already been installed at the participating schools, which are: –
· Abbott Community Primary, Collyhurst (on Rochdale Road).
· Manchester Communication Academy Primary (Rochdale Road)
· St Ambrose RC Primary, Chorlton (Princess Parkway)
· Medlock Primary, Ardwick (A6).
Barbara Maher, Professor of Environmental Science at Lancaster University, said: “This project has the potential to deliver some of the most ground-breaking and important evidence delivered to date in recognising the importance and value that green infrastructure can play in terms of reducing airborne pollution. It could quite literally be a lifesaver for the children of Manchester and of this country”.
Ruth Vayro, Headteacher of St Ambrose RC Primary, said: “‘The St Ambrose school community is delighted to be involved in this ground breaking research. The pupils have campaigned relentlessly over the last two years about the poor air quality they are faced with on the doorstep to school. Although this measure does not address the wider issue of poor air quality close to main roads in Manchester, it is likely to significantly reduce the immediate risks to health as the children play outside.’
Schools Organisation Manager
Calling all Stockport schools - Order your Design and Print materials for September!
School might nearly be out for summer, but we’re ready to take your design or print orders for the new school year in September.
We specialise in school logo design to supplying schools with all new printed material, from school stationery to exterior signage.
Some of the work we have carried out for Stockport schools include the design and supply of:
• Printed exercise books
• A new school prospectus
• School folders
• School letterheads
• School branded pens
• Celebration stickers/badges
• Assembly certificates
• Induction information
• Event materials
Our award winning team will work with you every step of the way and will respond to your request within 24 hours.
So if you are looking to refresh your schools brand, or looking to order a new school prospectus, folder, stationery, school exercise books or website for your school, please contact us by calling 0161 474 3061 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Stockport's Giant Leap
They’ve arrived! Nineteen giant, colourful frogs have hopped onto their own lily pads across Stockport town centre, creating a fun, unique and engaging brand new art trail - brought to life by Stockport based businesses, local artists and community groups.
Stockport’s Giant Leap celebrates the £1bn programme of investment and development that is regenerating the town, a giant leap forward for Stockport, creating exciting opportunities for business and a destination of choice for residents and visitors.
Totally Stockport’s Business Improvement District manager Paul Taylor said:
“This is a great way to entertain and attract new visitors; to showcase Stockport and its vibrant business community and to support local groups, including the youth community, who are after all tomorrow’s giant leapers.”
After the trail closes, the frogs will be auctioned with surplus funds awarded to charity to create a Giant Leap legacy fund. Stockport's Giant Leap is free entertainment and open to visitors throughout the summer. Find out more at www.stockportsgiantleap.co.uk
Take a look at the launch video, produced by Marketing Stockport: “A frog story”
Free Training Event
Join us at the launch of the So-called Honour Based Violence (SCHBV) and Forced marriage Stockport strategies.
Stockport Complex Safeguarding Strategic Group have developed a strategy and supporting guidance to assist colleagues in developing their knowledge and awareness of these subjects.
SCHBV and abuse is defined as:
“A collection of practices used to control the behaviour of individuals to protect perceived
Cultural and religious beliefs, values or social norms in the name of honour”
(Greater Manchester so-called honour based violence statement)
Forced marriage is defined as:
A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.
(Foreign and Commonwealth office, 2013)
The event will provide colleagues the opportunity to consider and discuss the strategy and guidance, enabling them to cascade learning within their own organisations on how to approach these complicated aspects of work with children, families and vulnerable adults.
Project Choice will facilitate a session to inform people about the risks, threats and harm that so-called honour-based violence and abuse, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation can pose and how these can be managed to reduce risk.
Dates, venue and booking information
9th July 2019, 1-3pm, The Heatons Sports Club, Green Lane, Stockport SK4 2NF
13th February 2020, 1:30-3pm, Stopford House, floor 1, Piccadilly, Stockport, SK1 3XE
Book here - www.educationstockport.uk