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Ikea and air quality

Interesting post on 853blog:
Ikea claims Greenwich store ‘would improve air quality’

Furniture giant Ikea claims its proposed Greenwich store would improve air quality in the local area, according to documents sent to Greenwich Council.

But its detailed figures show any improvement would be “negligible”, while pollution would actually get slightly worse at Greenwich Millennium Village.

I think a serious bid to the local assembly for 10 Air Quality Eggs (about £120 each) around the area, monitored from residents homes would be an interesting proposition.

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Breathing in Blackheath

Air monitoring unit in Google Streetview
There’s a great project, started last year by Andy Broomfield, called Breathing London. It takes the data from air quality monitoring stations across London, and tweets their changes in human readable language, like this:

It frequently pops up on my radar, as there is a monitoring station on the border of Blackheath & Greenwich.

You can see graphs of the air quality across London as a whole on the London Air Quality Network site, but it is also possible to drill-down to specific monitoring stations, and look at the air pollution for the last week, or last month.

Here’s the data for the station in Blackheath. The actual location of the station is here (see the photo above from Google Streetview).

You can follow BreathingLondon on Twitter, and there’s a detailed explanation of how the air pollution monitoring works here.

The summary for Blackheath says that last year the area was within government targets for air quality, except for Nitrogen Dioxide, which was at 60 microgrammes (µg) per cubic metre. According to the London Air Quality Network site:

At very high levels, nitrogen dioxide gas irritates and inflames the airways of the lungs. This irritation causes a worsening of symptoms of those with lung or respiratory diseases.

From the City of London Air Quality Strategy 2011-2015 pdf:

At present there are two health based objectives that have been set for nitrogen dioxide. The first is to make sure hourly concentrations do not go above 200µg/m3, for more than 18 hours in any year. The second objective is to ensure that the annual average is no greater than 40µg/ m3.


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House plants in Blackheath, what works for you?

Big Spider Plant
Spider Plant Offshoots

Dear readers, I would like some recommendations. What do you find grows well indoors in Blackheath? I ask because we have a lovely spider plant that was donated from a tiny plant, which has spectacularly grown and is now spawning replicas of its own. Which is a great success, and according to various NASA space studies, will do wonders for the air quality inside your spaceship…

I mean house… It’s all in “How to Grow Fresh Air“.

On the other hand, various other herbs and flowers have died a horrible death looking out from the Bugle’s windows. When I’m not doing a spot of genetic piracy using other people’s plants, there tend to be three other places I go to for plants:

Farmers Market on Sundays

The farmers market is held on Sundays in the station car park. Great for herbs and salad plants, cheaper than the other options, and they seem to survive reasonably well on an outdoor window sill.


Spider Plant Baby

Hortus is a bit pricey, but has very pleasant staff. Nice pots and things to hold your treasured foliage, but not somewhere I’d go for run of the mill plants.

The Village Flower Shop

The flower shop is definitely more for bouquets than for useful plants you can eat! Also a bit pricey compared to the farmers market, but very handy from the station, so is responsible for occasional impulse buys. I’ve had plenty of failures from their shop though (almost certainly down to my less-than-green fingers, rather than their produce, I suspect).

Greewich B&Q

The B&Q in Greenwich is a bit of a trek on the bus (108 from outside The Railway pub), cold and impersonal. Nothing looks expensive, but you tend to end up buying things things on impulse, because it all looks like a bargain. For some reason, they refuse to stock terracotta trays they same size as their window boxes – very annoying!

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