Preshute Primary School in Wiltshire is now an exemplar site showing a range of SuDS

ARK have delivered five objectives through this innovative project:

  • Improved storm water infiltration

  • Reduced sediment and pollutant runoff to the River Kennet

  • Improved water efficiency

  • Raised the profile of ‘slowing the flow’ and SuDS

ARK has led community volunteering days engaging parents, children, and governors from the school, ARK regular volunteers, NatWest employees and the village residents association to help deliver a rain garden and rain wall. They have worked alongside contractors and RHS Gold Medal award winner Wendy Allen to install new eye catching blue downpipes that lead to rain planters, rain chains and a water butt. Extensive planting within the grounds of species able to tolerate different conditions, included a green roof welly store and a raised wildflower area all demonstrate the exciting ways that Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be part of the solution to slowing down storm water within the environment particularly where impervious areas dominate.

In September 2017 the school was awarded ‘Thriving’ by Britain in Bloom for the Rainscape project and it is hoped it will achieve ‘Outstanding’ in 2018 now that it is complete.

Rain garden talks to five organisations have been an opportunity to raise the profile of the importance of water in our environment and to share knowledge of the ways to create attractive features for water runoff whether roofs, drives, gardens or playgrounds.

Project completed November 2017

ARK activities included rain garden assemblies for students and teachers; and a drop in for parents to improve their understanding of SuDS and get them involved.

Working strategically and collaboratively across the catchment the Thames Restoration Fund is delivering projects on the ground to restore and conserve rivers and wetlands. To find out more download our Thames Rivers Trust brochure.

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