Green Screens to function as noise reduction next to motorway M11
- Mobilane Green Screen
In our increasingly noisy world, finding ways to reduce noise pollution has become very important. One of the ways to do this, is by incorporating plants into the landscape. Mobilane Green Screens can act as natural sound barriers, reducing noise levels and creating a more peaceful environment. The town of Harlow has placed a row of Mobilane Green Screens to help reducing noise and air pollution from the nearby motorway M11.
Green Screens as natural barriers to noise
Plants have been used for centuries as natural barriers to noise. Trees and shrubs can absorb and reflect sound waves, helping to reduce noise levels. They can also act as a physical barrier, blocking noise from reaching certain areas.
The M11 motorway that runs north from the North Circular Road (A406) in South Woodford to the northwest of Cambridge, stretches out 55 miles. According to a map from a noise impact assessment, people that live next to the motorway could experience up to 58-68dB of noise. To put these numbers in context:
- 50 dB: A quiet suburb or conversation in a home
- 60 dB: Conversation in an office or a restaurant
- 70dB: Average noise level from a radio or a TV
- 80dB: Average noise of a factory
Therefore GB Landscapes has placed a long row of Mobilane Green Screens in the town of Harlow.
Green Screens for the town of Harlow
Plants with thick foliage and dense branches are more effective at reducing noise levels. Planting multiple rows of Green Screens creates a layered effect, which can help to absorb and reflect sound waves. A Mobilane Green Screen brings an instantly full and dense hedge and can be planted all year round. The coconut fibre container consists of coconut fibre, held together by natural latex. This container is made from 100% biological material and is 100% degradable. Because of this container, the Green Screens can be planted quickly and easily and inhabitants don’t have to wait for the plants to grow, before profiting from their benefits.
Improvement of air quality
In addition to their noise-reducing properties, Green Screens offer many other benefits to the landscape. They can improve air quality, provide habitat for birds and insectes, and help to reduce soil erosion. According to a research conducted by Staffordshire University, Hedera helix ‘Woerner’ can even reduce finedust with 40 to 60%. Additionally, a green environment can create a calming effect, which can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The Green Screens also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the landscape, creating a more visually appealing and enjoyable environment for the inhabitants of Harlow.