London skips transformed into gardens to support clean air project

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The Metal Box Gardens on America Street, London

Industrial skips have been transformed into gardens and planted alongside London's River Thames as part of the Better Bankside’s Clear Air Mini Neighbourhood project.

The skips, known as Metal Box Gardens, aim to highlight how investing in making quieter and more tranquil back streets more ‘green’ can help support more walking across the neighbourhood.

Funded by the Mayor of London, the Clean Air Mini Neighbourhood is working with over 100 businesses in the area of Bankside to improve air quality.

Donald Hyslop, chairman of Better Bankside, said: “Bankside is a thriving, busy commercial area of London, meaning heavy traffic and elevated levels of air pollution.

“Our Clean Air Mini Neighbourhood project cannot solve London’s air pollution problems, but it can help residents, office workers and visitors to the area to find quieter back streets with lower levels of air pollution.”

Family-run business O’Donovan Waste Disposal lent a hand in putting the project together.

Valerie Beirne, Bankside urban forest manager, said: “We approached O’Donovan based on their corporate responsibility credentials, and they rose to the challenge, helping us successfully deliver our Metal Box Garden on site.”

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