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Gardens revisited – September 2019

In September, we had an opportunity to revisit some of the completed project gardens, to see how they had matured  In late 2017, we helped build some rain planters with the residents at a sheltered housing complex  - nearly 2 years on it was great to see it still...

Workshops and Celebration Days with our 5W schools!

Following on from the excellent planting days, in July it was time to celebrate with the pupils, and introduce the finished gardens to the parents.   Following on from the excellent planting days, it was time to celebrate with the pupils, and introduce the...

Community planting day at Middleway

Thank you to everyone who came along to our community planting day for the new raingarden at Middleway. The sun was out and the tea and cake was flowing - a perfect day to finish off the raingarden! The raingarden, complete with bench and stepping stones, is now home...

Planting days at our 5W schools

Now that the Sustainable Drainage Systems have been installed at the two schools we've been working at under the 5W project, it is time to add some plants! We've got the children at the schools involved in planting up the features, using a variety of plants which add...

Another raingarden is underway…!

Today, we got started constructing a raingarden in Middleway in Taunton. The contractors, Whites Landscapes, have got a lot of digging to do to create a raingarden which will allow water from a nearby rooftop to soak away into the ground, rather than going down the...

Exciting new SuDS features at Holway Park Primary

Our project partners OTA Water have been busy installing some exciting new Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) at Holway Park Primary School! The school now has to great new features in its central courtyard. On one side, a cloud covers a small water tank. When it...

Great progress at Lyngford Park Primary School!

The raingarden at Lyngford Park Primary School is progressing well. The cobble channel has been laid, raised planter built and raingarden dug out, lined and filled with fresh soil. Soon it will be ready for planting up by the pupils at the school!  The 5W project...

Raingarden construction gets started at Lyngford Park…

Today saw the start of building the raingarden and sustainable drainage system at Lyngford Park Primary School! The team from Whites Landscapes were keen to get going in the lovely weather. The system will take water from the flat roof by the school reception, into a...

SPONGE2020 partners meet up

Last week in Somerset we hosted our partners in the SPONGE 2020 project at beautiful Dillington Hall. We are working with organisations from across the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. Each partner works on their own pilot, where they are co-designing and constructing...

Review of our work in Taunton so far…

We've been working in Taunton for the Somerset Pilot of SPONGE2020 for two years now, and to celebrate verything that has been going on we have brought together the work we've been doing into a single document. The review shows the data and evidence we assessed in...