Long grass is being used to protect cyclists and pedestrians from harmful traffic pollution .
The scheme has seen tall miscanthus grass planted along a busy stretch of road in Hammersmith which in time will grow up to two-metres high and provide a natural barrier between people and the passing traffic.
It is part of the Talgarth Road Green Corridor, which also has pollution sensors and sustainable drainage planting.
The project runs between Butterwick and Shortlands to the north of the Hammersmith Flyover and is the latest scheme by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in its bid to become the greenest borough in the country.
Surface rain water from the stretch of road will drain into plants, reducing the strain on the sewer system and helping prevent floods, and a cycle path made from a hard-wearing recycled rubber which is water permeable is also being trialled.
The scheme also includes the latest LED Lighting, CCTV cameras and Smart City Sensors to measure air quality and control street lighting. A sensor to measure traffic volumes will also be installed in future.
Councillor Wesley Harcourt, head of environment, transport and residents’ services, said: “This scheme not only provides a safe route for cyclists and walkers, but incorporates state-of-the-art technology alongside green innovations.”
A similar scheme down the road on the A40 in Ladbroke Grove has seen an ivy wall planted to help absorb pollution .
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