Help us #GoGoGreen
We are working with plant and air quality experts from the University of Sheffield on a project to green our school playground and protect our children from many of the harmful gases produced by exhaust fumes. Whilst air quality in our school playground is no worse than other Sheffield schools, we believe there is always more that can be done and we are committed to creating the very best learning environment for our children. By taking part in this research, we are helping find workable solutions that can be used by other inner-city schools wanting to improve playground air quality with green barriers locally, nationally and even internationally.
Over the next few months we'll be using the #GoGoGreen banner and our special helper 'Layla Leaf' to talk with the children about the various causes of pollution, air quality and the benefits of green spaces. You'll see us working with a PhD student to monitor the air in our playground and we will be supporting them to understand better the other values of green spaces; such as the gains for learning and emotional wellbeing. This data will be used by air quality experts and specialist plant scientists to advise our school on the best vegetation and planting configuration to introduce to the playground in the summer/autumn of 2019.
All of the fundraising activity for this project is carried out in the name of The Big Green Challenge. The challenge is to raise enough money to green our school playground. Our amazing Home School Association, children, parents and staff have already raised an incredible £10,000. We will use this money to buy the seedlings, plants and equipment we need to green the playground once the barrier has been designed by the University. The Big Green Challenge fundraising work is ongoing (keep a look out on our Facebook Events for news of fun runs and concerts) and we have created a Corporate Donor Pack that can be shared with organisations and business that could help us by donating some of the other services we need to make this a reality; ground works, surveys and planting equipment. If you know any business or organisation that could support us with this, please do send the pack to them and likewise if you would like to get involved in this project directly, please get in touch for a chat firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Teacher Catherine Carr
“Our school has a long history of being proactive when it comes to environmental initiatives and advocating the health and wellbeing benefits of green spaces. We have an active eco team in the school and fantastic support from parents who are championing the vision to green our school playground. We are very proud to be working with the University of Sheffield on this research and being part of real change for children. I'm thankful for all the support we have received so far from children, parents and carers, staff, others schools and partners in Sheffield."
Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermúdez
PhD researcher Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermúdez, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
"Different plants have different capacities to reduce air pollution, depending on the characteristics of their leaves and bark. By using a mix of plant types – trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials – we will try to cover all the mechanisms for pollution mitigation. Planted together they will form a barrier against the wind that brings contaminants to the playground.”
Professor Anna Jorgenson
Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Professor Anna Jorgenson.
“If we can show that our green barrier makes a positive difference to air quality and children's health and wellbeing there's great potential to involve other schools locally, nationally and internationally. We are already working with a team in Buenos Aires, Argentina to develop the idea there.”