Each year our school pays a considerable amount of money to the water company based on the amount of surface rainwater which flows from our building and grounds into the mains drains system. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are solutions to re-route this water into the ground away from these drains and save school money as a by product.
Moorlands was chosen from a number of schools as a site to have this work completed free of charge funded by BITC and their partners, one of which is United Utilities. The project included the installation of a new permeable path and car park surface and the creation of Rain Gardens; populated with plants that will thrive in the environment created by pooling the surface water.
Our Eco Council has been heavily involved with the design of the Rain Gardens and on Wednesday evening of the 25th April we and they we were really excited and honoured to host the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and a host of CEOs and mangers from local North West businesses as part of the Prince’s Seeing is Believing Project. They all came as part of Responsible Business Week to look at the SUDs project at the front of school. Our Eco Councillors presented their views and the premise of the project to them and were then involved in talking to them as they explored the site.
Some of the Eco councillors were interviewed for BBC Radio Manchester too. If you’d like to listen to them click the link below.
We hope everyone will enjoy the rain gardens and new pathway and that school will receive the benefits for years to come.
We are being used as a showcase of what SUDs could look like in practice and we look forward to welcoming visitors over the years to investigate the possibilities in their setting.
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