Planting virginia in central fences in major roads to reduce air pollution

3 months ago (9:54 PM)
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Redirecting the pollution into waste water systems is not necessarily helpful. Vehicular exhaust particulates from roads have been ending up in the North Sea, for example, and damaging marine ecosystems. And that is without any Virginia creepers being added to central reservations. The areas of the worst vehicular air pollution are often city centres where there is nowhere to plant creepers or whatever, and even if there was space for them, they would make hardly any impact on the levels of toxic and carcinogenic particles in the air.


I don't mind car smokes - it doesn't bother me. Cigarettes smoke causes more deaths and is more smelly.


Pollution from vehicle exhaust fumes is more toxic than cigarette smoke. Car smoke levels are so high in central London that children's lung development is damaged. Car smoke actually stinks - it is just that people are in it all the time so don't notice it any more.

Marion Garner-Patel

Pay people to ditch their Diesel cars and save lives and NHS money.

Sue King

Plants absorb CO2 in order to metabolise thus removing a polutant out of the atmosphere. They then transpire O2 out into the general atmosphere (Biology/Botany 101)

If creapers and plans are planted where-ever there is a space it will help to improve the general air quality in urban areas, and as an added bonus will improve the visual environment. Surely this is a no-brainer... it's essential to plant as much as we can.


There is research somewhere - they measured air pollution inside flats or houses along a street, then planted trees along a street next to houses or flats. After a while they re-measured pollution inside the flats. The trees (which were not little young ones) definitely made a difference, reducing indoor air pollution. I think they also had a control group of flats or houses where they did not plant trees. So more plants, green roofs, climbers up trees and walls, definitely would help a bit. But not enough to bring pollution levels of busy city streets down to safe levels. Traffic has to be drastically reduced and buses, taxis, delivery vans all have to switch to lpg and electric power.


There was this initative of the Big tree plant. It should be revived. All streets need trees and planting. Makes it more human, suddenly you get insects and birds and smiles on the faces that seem and hear them, it would be involuntary but would happen. Benefit to all, on hot days or dreary days, some green makes us happier. There is research showing that people heal btter in hospitals if they can see trees. Well, imagine that for every Londoner and everyone would be healthier and happier. There are so many landscape architects with good ideas!


Close London City Airport to alleviate The East End from noise and emissions from the four engined jets arriving at 0400 hours everyday. As the airport mainly caters for EU business people it will shortly become surplus to requirements. Most of the housing stock in East London predates this Airport and they have not stuck to the original flight paths which would have seen them flying high over the Thames and diverging to their destinations when they were high enough not to be heard and dispensing their pollutants over people who are unlikely to travel from the airport as it is exclusively for the business fraternity.As the A13 corridor is one of the most polluted areas in UK if not Europe its closure would solve a large percentage of London's air quality.


Yes, I saw somewhere that we might be able to close an airport as a positive outcome of Brexit from residents' point of view. Is that 4am the jets arrive - why has this been permitted?


Yes from 4am I have phoned Airport and they have reasured me that the airport opens at 0700 but I still see and hear the aircraft nearly every morning I may set up a webcam to gather evidence.

Sue King

Refering to Veganline poster of 4 days ago.....

I refer you to my post of 3 months ago. While it is true that plants Do trap polutant particles on their leaves this is not their prime benifit. all plants take in CO2 and return O2 to the air. so we need to keep as much greenery in towns and citiiies as we can. All plant matter is benificial so Virginia creeper is good - and it hides things well and looks good in autumn when it changes colour.

In short we need to keep as many of the parks and green spaces as we can, plant as much as we can, and try not to pave over lawns and front gardens to provide parking. There are paving tiles which allow a hard surface which is filled with grass which gives the best of both worlds.My local authority -Merton- has improved the local roads and at the same time added small planters and tree beds to increase the total green matter. This is the way to go.


British scientist had discovered that by greening up public walls it actually helps to reduce pollution by 30 percent.

Virginia Creepers are spectacular in the autumn as they change into vivid shades of red, however, apparently it is the resilient Ivy that is the toughest in combating pollution as a wall plant.

A great deal of high rise flats in London would be ideal for wall plants, moreover, the cultural institutions in London such as the Southbank and the Barbican well, they would certainty resemble an oasis covered in wall plants and at the same-time, all acting as an air pollution filter.

These' greening up wall' findings by British scientist were presented to those responsible for London back in 2012. Since then pollution has exacerbated and walking around most of London I do not observe wall plants.