Get involved with the Breathing Spaces project

26 June 2019

Breathing Spaces logoBreathing Spaces is a community project based in the St Denys area. At it's heart, the project has a focus on clean air, liveable streets and increased health and wellbeing. 

There have now been four 'Clean Air Cafes' which give residents a chance to voice their concerns as well as to share and develop creative solutions for healthier streets. Topics of concern have ranged from air quality to the danger of rat running through the neighbourhood. 

There are currently a number of small bursaries available for local residents to try out some ideas for cleaner air. Proposals include:

  • raising awareness of air pollution with commuters and businesses
  • modal filters
  • 'greening' the neighbourhood
  • working with policymakers to review traffic flows

The Breathing Spaces project is a collaboration between The Southampton Collective and both of the universities in the city; Solent University and University of Southampton. 

The University of Southampton has installed six air quality sensor boxes in and around St Denys to monitor the local levels of particulate matter. These tiny airborne particles are detrimental to our health. 

Academics at both universities will be analysing and providing visualisations of data collected to help assess the quality of air in Southampton.

Want to get involved?

The project only has funding until the end of 2019. If you'd like to take part, please take a look at the Breathing Spaces website or email Mandi Bissett from Southampton Collective for more information.