Air Quality Brentford Urges Action Ahead of Cop-26

Group has been actively boosting local green infrastructure

Flowers blooming at on south side of Brentford station
Flowers blooming at on south side of Brentford station. Picture: Air Quality Brentford


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Air Quality Brentford (AQB) has outlined a number of ways it is helping make local air more breathable and how you can contribute to the effort in its Autumn newsletter issued ahead of the Cop-26 climate conference.

AQB is made up of many residents from different parts of Brentford who help look after and maintain greening projects, in an effort to help mitigate the effects of air pollution and to make our environment a more pleasant one to live in. It works with people and organisations who are able to make change happen including The Mayor of London, Hounslow Council, TfL, South Western Railway and other organisations.

COP26 begins on 31 October. Governments from around the world will come together in Glasgow to pledge what changes they will make in this climate emergency. The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change, which became law in 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. AQB have shared a link on 8 things we can all do about climate change, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

AQB has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund. The funding round started Sunday 24 October and will run for 12 months until 22 October 2022. During this time, Co-op Members will be able to select AQB as their cause. The Co-op will donate funding when you sign up and swipe your card. AQB use the funding to help maintain its planting projects. It is also urging you to your own front garden, balcony or window box greener, and help make Brentford and London, a healthier place to live and work

The group has also been very active in developing local Green infrastructure:

• The planter on the south side of Brentford Station went ahead this Spring.

• Following many discussions with TfL going back to 2017, a hedge will be planted this Winter along the A4/M4 beside Middlesex Court on Glenhurst Road

• AQB are in discussions with Hounslow Council about relocating the Mercury House nursery trees it planted in 2018 to the estates in Brentford.

• The Market Square containers have been a success and Hounslow Council are planning to add one more of these in coming months.

• Have you heard of 'parklets'? It's an idea adopted by some London councils including Hackney - a small park for 'people-parking' in place of a parking space, it's a community space to sit down and enjoy some greenery. Let AQB know if one of these could work on your street?

• This year we've continued to look after and maintain our planting projects across Brentford. Our Tour de Plants will be on-going and we'll soon be planting bulbs for some spring colour next year.

• With that in mind, now is the time of year to plant spring bulbs. Get yours from Syon or Osterley Garden Centres, or a supermarket for as little as £2 a pack. Pop them in the ground or a container before December for some springtime colour and help #MakeBrentfordGreener.

• Let AQB know if you'd like to help volunteer with any of its planting projects.

• Plant some trees to help mitigate climate change. Hounslow Council is giving away free trees, register your interest here.

Air Quality Brentford (AQB) is a voluntary group of local Brentford residents helping to improve air quality and can be found on Facebook, Twitter @agreenerlondon.

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October 29, 2021

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