The Kennet like most rivers is under pressure from diffuse pollution
This not only comes from agriculture but from the urban environment too
Building on the success of ARK’s first Rainscapes project, Phase II is continued to educate and involve the communities living along the Kennet catchment by building two new rain gardens within the grounds of local primary schools. These small scale interventions to ‘slow the flow’ and reduce storm water flooding, increase aquifer recharge and improve water quality as a result. Reducing the nutrients that reach the river means less algal growth. This means there is a healthier invertebrate population and cleaner gravel beds for fish including brown trout, brook lamprey and grayling to successfully spawn.
This project through both the practical delivery of rain gardens and a series of workshops and school assemblies continued to raise awareness of chalk streams and SuDS; and how to effectively deliver them on different scales.