‘Hedge funding’ to help ease Edinburgh’s traffic pollution

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A NEW study is set to highlight the importance of hedgerows in protecting Edinburgh’s residents from rising levels of traffic pollution. 

The study, which will be led Dr Luis Novo, Scotland’s Rural College Challenge Research Fellow, will compare the effectiveness of different hedge species as barriers to pollutants. 

Hedges provide a ground-level barrier where traffic-related emissions are greater and more harmful to residents, pedestrians and children

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Hedges provide a ground-level barrier where traffic-related emissions are greater and more harmful to residents, pedestrians and children.

It is being kickstarted by a Small Research Grant of nearly £5,000 from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). 

Professor Emerita Anne Anderson OBE FRSE, Chair of the RSE Research Awards Committee, Royal Society of Edinburgh, said:

The RSE Research Awards programme is vital for sustaining the knowledge and talent pipeline in our vibrant research and innovation sector across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Funding enables awardees to deepen their research into significant global challenges, to support career development, and to make significant benefits to society and the economy.

The RSE sends its congratulations to each of the award winners and wishes them good fortune in the conduct and outcomes of their research.” 

Scotland’s Rural College was established in 2012 through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges.