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Green wall in Chiswick unveiled

Wed 31 July 2019, 4:05 pm

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has unveiled an environmentally-friendly green wall at a school in Chiswick, made up of 12,000 plants to help protect pupils against air pollution.

The 126m wall – the largest ever installed at a school in the UK – was created in the playground of St Mary’s Catholic School and revealed at an event at the end of June.

Parent Andrea Carnevali started the Chiswick Oasis project at the school last year that focused on green strategies, and received support from celebrities including Emma Thompson, Jeremy Paxman, Claudia Winkleman and David Dimbleby.

The initiative received £32,000 funding from the Mayor’s Crowdfund London programme, and with public donations raised around £100,000 to help create the wall.

Founder of Chiswick Oasis, Andrea Carnevali, said: “I am overwhelmed with the level of support we’ve received. It has been amazing to see so many people and organisations in Chiswick and beyond rally behind this. Clearly people are now seeing this as a real problem and they are willing to help as much as they can.”

On his visit the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was shown a new air purifying unit – funded by Hounslow Council – installed inside the reception class.

Khan said: “I want to pay tribute to Andrea Carnevali, the school, the teachers, the governors, the PTA, private businesses, the council and the MPs all working together to find innovative solutions to local problems and exactly the sort of project our Crowdfund London initiative was set up to support.”

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Hounslow Council’s lead member for communities, said: “This is the culmination of great dedication and hard work from Chiswick Oasis, the school and its community. Andrea Carnevali needs to be congratulated in particular for his passion and drive in directing the campaign and getting everyone involved. It’s also great to have such strong celebrity support to a cause that few could argue with.”

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