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 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 fence line act as a natural filter, absorbing some of the particulate air pollution generated by passing traffic.
The four schools taking part in the project are:
Abbott Community Primary, Collyhurst
Manchester Communication Academy Primary
St Ambrose RC Primary, Chorlton
Medlock Primary, Ardwick