Join Camden’s cleaner air conversation before the end of September!

Join Camden’s cleaner air conversation and help develop the local Clean Air Action Plan. Visit https://camdencommunitychallenges.commonplace.is/ before 30 September and tell us how we can improve the air that we breathe.

Also, if you, your community, or business has or is delivering a project in Camden that benefits air quality, please place it on the map provided on the Commonplace platform.  This will help to showcase the positive work that everyone in Camden is doing to improve air quality.  Additionally, if you feel a specific area in Camden needs to be considered in relation to air quality, pin point that on the map as well along with your feedback on what the issue is.

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Transition Kentish Town: Trail of Wellbeing

Greening up our areas plays an important role in combating pollution and creating healthy, happy streets.

Our vision is to create a ‘Trail of Wellbeing’ along our high streets.

In Kentish Town, our vision is shaping up nicely:

Our Trail of Wellbeing starts with the Grow Lissenden enclosure along the Highgate Road where we have created a wonderful woodland.

Travelling south along towards Kentish Town Road, we are working with The Caversham Group practice to create a bucolic and enchanting garden called ‘The Listening Space’. Our design will feature a naturalistic approach, with grasses inter-planted with flowers, and a perimeter of fruit trees surrounding the garden. The Listening Space will provide a quiet refuge and haven for patients, and will be open to the community every Thursday afternoon and the first Saturday of each month.

Next up, we will be greening up Platform One at Kentish Town Station (Thameslink). Please do come along to the Big Community Dig on Sat April 22nd from midday-4pm to help turn this urban grey space into a delightful cottage garden.

Finally, at the bottom end of the high street, we have created The Well beeing garden at the James Wigg Practice, Bartholomew Road. All plants in the Well beeing garden are either bee friendly, or have well being properties. We run regular Thursday sessions here from 3:30-4:45 pm.

But that’s not all! We need your help. Our aim is to green up Kentish Town high street further with trees in pots, shrubs etc- what else can you think of and how can you help?

For more information email: debbiebourne21@gmail.com

Schools Monitoring Project Spring 2017

We monitored the pollution outside all of Camden’s schools from 24th February – 20th May 2017!

The aim of this study is to see just how bad the air is that our children breathe: the latest report from TfL/King’s College London suggests that at least 80% of Camden school children are breathing illegal air.

The results can be accessed here. RData.csv is the consolidated data in comma separated value format. The individual lab reports from each round are in excel format and Rplots.pdf  contains a simple graphical analysis of the data. We shall be publishing our take on the results soon.

We crowdfunded the first round of monitoring, which saw us install 97 diffusion tubes across the borough on the 24th and 25th of February. Rounds 2 and 3 were funded by Camden Council, comprising 100 diffusion tubes, giving us a whole quarter’s worth of data. Round 2 started on the 24th and 25th of March. Round 3 started on the  21st and 22nd of April and ended on the 19th and 20th of May.

 

More information on air pollution monitoring in Camden and diffusion tubes

Camden trains volunteers for Vehicle Idling Action project

Camden Council is involved in an anti-idling project and has set up special training sessions for volunteers.

The Vehicle Idling Action project is a London-wide campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines when stationary and help improve local air quality.

At a training session last week, volunteers received training about air quality and health, behaviour change and idling, and learned how to facilitate a giant-sized game of ‘air quality snakes and ladders’.

There will be monthly Vehicle Idling Action events.

For more information and to get involved visit Vehicle Idling Action