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Trees planted to combat air pollution at William Torbitt Primary School, Newbury Park

PUBLISHED: 15:45 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:59 23 February 2015

The trees that have stood in front of the William Torbitt School for nearly 80 years were starting to shed their branches and becoming dangerous to passersby. These have now been replaced by mature conifers during the half term holiday. Students at the Primary School in Newbury Park are being encouraged to walk, cycle or to use their scooters to get to school - with pro vision made inside the railings for cycles and scooters to be padlocked during school time.

The trees that have stood in front of the William Torbitt School for nearly 80 years were starting to shed their branches and becoming dangerous to passersby. These have now been replaced by mature conifers during the half term holiday. Students at the Primary School in Newbury Park are being encouraged to walk, cycle or to use their scooters to get to school - with pro vision made inside the railings for cycles and scooters to be padlocked during school time.

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New evergreen trees are being planted outside a primary school in an effort to boost air quality.

Conifers – which are good at intercepting airborne pollutants – are being placed at the front of William Torbitt Primary School in Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park.

Cllr Ashley Kissin, Mayor of Redbridge, and Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for community safety and enforcement, will be at the school for a ceremony on Wednesday.

The council and the Mayor of London have jointly funded the project, which follows on from a project to install a green wall – a wall covered with plants – at Winston Way Primary School in Ilford.

The trees in front of the William Torbitt School had stood for nearly 80 years before being removed to make way for the new conifers.


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