Green spaces could be damaging our historic buildings

Daily Echo: Green spaces could be damaging our historic buildings Green spaces could be damaging our historic buildings

NURTURING parks and green spaces has long been vital in making urban areas more pleasant to live.

But untamed and ill-considered trees and vegetation may be damaging some of our most iconic heritage buildings, scientists have warned.

Southampton University has released a report studying the effects of toxic gasses released by vegetation on an urban environment.

They reveal that the substances mix with air pollutants to produce corrosive gases capable of eroding stone, concrete and steel.

Limestone buildings, such as the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, are particularly vulnerable, they say.

The damage is mainly caused by ground level ozone, which is formed when volatile organic compounds given off by plants are broken down in sunlight and react with the pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

They found sycamore, maple and Douglas cause some of the worst damage.

Dr Abhishek Tiwary, who carried out the research with Surrey University, stressed green spaces play a big part in reducing pollution in cities, but urged civic chiefs to properly plan them.

He added: “Such consideration might improve the structural longevity of buildings of importance.”

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10:52am Wed 9 Jul 14

huckit P says...

Probably funded by the companies who want to build on the green spaces!
Probably funded by the companies who want to build on the green spaces! huckit P
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11:20am Wed 9 Jul 14

southy says...

huckit P wrote:
Probably funded by the companies who want to build on the green spaces!
You might be right about that, a few weeks ago a ruling/law was rubber stamp by the house of lords, to allow any open public space to be sold to a private developer or concern, no where is safe now as the private sector only needs to ask national government to buy the land, and the government gets to keep the money, the local council and people would not have any say in the matter
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Probably funded by the companies who want to build on the green spaces![/p][/quote]You might be right about that, a few weeks ago a ruling/law was rubber stamp by the house of lords, to allow any open public space to be sold to a private developer or concern, no where is safe now as the private sector only needs to ask national government to buy the land, and the government gets to keep the money, the local council and people would not have any say in the matter southy
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1:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sammytsang says...

I work in the construction industry.

Government/Local council sells land, regardless of profit or loss. Taxpayer will not benefit.

Companies build on land, then looks to sell or rent out. The people should refuse to rent or buy, because it is overpriced and of low quality.

People before profit.
I work in the construction industry. Government/Local council sells land, regardless of profit or loss. Taxpayer will not benefit. Companies build on land, then looks to sell or rent out. The people should refuse to rent or buy, because it is overpriced and of low quality. People before profit. sammytsang
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