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Valuing Nature Conference

 This week we've been at the Valuing Nature Conference in Cardiff, presenting a poster about the work we've been doing through SPONGE2020.  The Valuing Nature Programme is a 5 year research programme which aims to improve understanding of the value of nature both in...

Co-designing SuDS with the pupils of Lyngford Park Primary

Last week we held the first of our 5W co-design days - this one with 3 classes of year 3s and 4s and their parents at Lyngford Park Primary School. Each session kicked off with a demonstration of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) as a recap from the last session. We...

Co-design at Selworthy School

Today was our second event at Selworthy Special School. This time we wanted to gather ideas and opinions to inform the design of the raingarden for the school. We took along different materials, so the students could experience the possible elements of the raingarden...

Learning about the water cycle at Selworthy Special School

We visited Selworthy Special School to get the pupils thinking about how the water cycle works and what happens to rainwater. This is the first of several sessions we are running at Selworthy Special School, which will lead to the building and planting of a raingarden...

5W gets started…

We have an exciting new project which will be supporting our work under SPONGE2020. Westcountry Women Working With Water (aka 5W) is funded by The Royal Academy of Engineers under their Ingenious program. We are working with two primary schools in Taunton to fulfill...

Planting day at Middleway

Today we planted up the final raingarden planter at our site in Taunton. We used all native plants which will help to attract pollinators and add some colour to the neighbouring building (once the plants have grown a little bigger...!)The project is delivered by...

Lots of ideas for Longrun Meadow

We've been working with the Friends of Longrun Meadow to visit the site and discuss ideas for a 'sponge-y' project. Longrun Meadow is a green space close to the centre of Taunton. The Friends of Longrun Meadow help run community activities and manage the wildlife on...

Raingarden success!

We've been busy over the last few weeks building 4 raingarden raised planters at our two demo sites in Taunton! The planters are designed in a very specific way because they are going to provide a number of important functions. They aim to be both an interesting...

Designs chosen for Demo Raingardens

After several meetings, workshops and discussions with local people and Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) experts, the design for our demo raingardens in two residential areas of Taunton have been chosen! Raised planters have been selected because they allow...