Chiswick’s cause célèbre

The ‘Chiswick Oasis’, the living wall which parents at St Mary’s RC primary school are seeking to raise sufficient funds to build, has become a cause célèbre.

TV presenters Jeremy Paxman, David Dimbleby, Francesco da Mosto and Claudia Winkleman and actors Emma Thompson and Ciaran Hinds have all sent messages of support; the entire cast of Eastenders have signed a plaque which is to be auctioned to raise funds and the jeweller Swarovski, whose UK headquarters is in Chiswick, has pledged £10,000.

Andrea Carnevali, leading the campaign, says: “This has been an amazing week for this campaign. A campaign that really started off just with an frustrated tweet is now getting so much support that it’s really quite overwhelming”.

In the past week he’s been interviewed by the Metro on Monday, ITV on Wednesday and Sky News on Sunday.

But this is no time to get complacent. They still need to raise £11550 – £350 per day until the deadline to secure promised funding from the Mayor of London. So if you haven’t already pledged a tenner, go on to and do so at once. The biggest donation between Sunday night and Monday 19 at 11.59pm will bag the Eastenders name plate.

The reason for all this effort is that St Mary’s has been named one of the 50 worst polluted schools in Greater London, due to its proximity to the A4. A ‘green wall’ would apparently cut pollution levels in the school by 40%.

Andrea would love well-known Chiswick residents Colin Firth and David Tennant to support the Chiswick Oasis. I’m sure they are both avid readers of this newsletter, so come on guys, declare yourselves. And David, the people campaigning for the green wall are not the same as those who kiboshed your house extension. I’m sure the parents of St Mary’s would love you to have a swimming pool in the back garden too.

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See also: Mayor of London opens the Chiswick Oasis

See also: Chiswick Oasis appears to be working