Helping to Mitigate the effects of pollution at Hunters Bar School, Sheffield

In the run-up to our 10th birthday, we are looking back at some of our favorite projects, events, and collaborations –

Back in 2019 Urban Wilderness volunteered to support the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape to develop a ‘green barrier’ within Hunters Bar Primary School, with the intention of mitigating the effects of pollution emanating from adjacent roads, whilst improving the setting of the school and playground.  The University is using the project to research the potential health and well-being benefits of such an intervention.  The proposals are site-specific and seek to intercept airborne particulates within a largely evergreen composition of mature plants.  The planting structure includes a backdrop of ivy screens, conifer trees, and bamboos, mixed with an understorey of herbaceous perennials and grasses to add seasonal interest and joy to the playground.  The undulating timber edge protects the plants, whilst offering informal seating and a playful element.

The project was installed with thanks to Henry Boot, who undertook the groundworks, and a team of enthusiastic volunteers (of which our Technical Director, Steve Frazer was one), who took responsibility for constructing the timber edging and planting the scheme.

For more information about the project and the very positive reaction from the school, see the following links:

https://huntersbarinfantschool.co.uk/gogogreen/

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/news/breathe-barrier-installed-hunters-bar-infant-school-anna-jorgensen-maria-redondo-bermudez-grantham-1.871054

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