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St Edwards volunteering day – Enhancing the air quality

In a project designed and coordinated by the Baker Street Quarter Partnership, the local Business Improvement District for Marylebone, Wednesday 22nd March saw a group of 9 volunteers from Knight Frank, Colliers International and Radisson Blu Portman spend the day working to enhance air quality at St Edwards Catholic Primary School in London. Bordering Lisson Grove, a busy street near Marylebone Station, the school have been keen to implement measures to enhance air quality in and around the children’s playground area.

The volunteers, ably assisted by a class of 24 Yr4 pupils, worked hard to establish a green wall of climbing plants around the borders of the school’s playground, as well as prepare and plant the school’s allotment bed to enable the students to grow their own fresh vegetables. Each volunteer spent the day with their 3 allocated students, all working together to weed, turn the soil and then plant their new green wall and allotment bed

Douglas was absolutely brilliant! We had 9 volunteers but also 24 kids with us for the day and Douglas was amazing with them.  He got the volunteers organised and the kids thought he was brilliant and did exactly what he asked them to do.  He made sure they all got to weed, dig and plant and actually they ended up doing more work than our volunteers who ended up acting more as supervisors and mentors for the kids who were desperate to garden and plant – I think we now have a large number of budding gardeners on our hands!

 It really wouldn’t have been half the success if it wasn’t for the support of Gavin Jones, and Douglas in particular, so a massive thank you!  The plants he brought were just amazing and more than we could have hoped for and the tools and compost etc spot on.’ – Kate Heslegrave, Managing Director CAPSTONE