Archway Children's Centre streetscape and planting

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Thanks to funding from Islington Council and the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund applied for by the Archway Town Centre Group, the first initiative from the Archway Low Emissions Neighbourhood is complete.

The pavement outside the Archway’s Children’s Centre on Vorley Road was widened, making space for plants and removing car parking spaces. The entrance of the centre is now safer and more accessible to vulnerable pedestrians and removing the parking spaces should reduce incidences of engine idling near the centre.

Twenty-five Western Red Cedar trees were planted to create a hedge like verge that provides a wildlife friendly and pollution absorbing barrier between children and engine exhausts. Three Camellia shrubs and three Chinese Redbud shrubs were also planted and should grow to provide a colourful canopy.

Archway LEN would like to acknowledge the efforts and support of the parents and staff at Archway Children’s Centre. They campaigned for the work, concerned for the wellbeing of children attending the centre because of the increased traffic on Vorley Road.

The response from families,staff, residents and local community groups has been very positive. We have put together a word cloud detailing the words used in response to the work. Full responses from parents and the Head of the nursery can be read in the pdf document you can download on the left of the page under 'Useful Downloads'.