We had the good fortune to be able to grab some time with Chris Churchman.
Chris and his team have worked on a plethora of prestigious schemes and I heard him talk to the TDAG Midlands branch about his journey into the mysterious world of air quality. Whilst working on the Green Heart project and Birmingham University, it became clear that there was scope to marry the landscape agenda with a deeper investigation into the impact urban tree planting has on mitigating pollution.
Chris talks about the choice of species that enhances the ability of an urban tree planting project to make an impact on air quality. Most notably, he highlights the fact that without getting the basic ingredients of urban tree planting right, allowing the trees to reach their full potential, the benefits trees can provide in terms of removing the main offending particulate matter that poses a risk to human health, is seriously compromised.
In the coming weeks, we will be providing further blog content relating to the role landscape can play in tackling the pollution problem across our urban conurbations…in the meantime, find out more about the work Chris does at:
The latest TDAG research connecting Trees and Air Quality can be downloaded using the link below: