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Welcome to Project SPONGE!

The Somerset SPONGE team is working with communities across Somerset to take inspiration from nature and transform our towns!

By creating and improving green spaces in a clever way, we can gain many benefits. We can soak up water when it rains, make a little more space for wildlife, and create places which can be enjoyed by everyone.

We are working with local people, gathering the ideas and priorities of everyone who lives and works nearby, to design and create spaces which mean a lot to the community.

So, over the next three years, we will dig, plant, sow and grow to make towns in Somerset a little greener, more resilient to flooding and even happier – and you should be part of it! You can get involved in choosing places to make a change, designing what you want to see and be part of delivering that change.

Somerset SPONGE is part of SPONGE 2020, a European project funded through the ERDF, and is delivered by Westcountry Rivers Trust and Somerset County Council. It also receives additional funding and support from other partners – head to the About section to find out more. 

What's the project all about?

Find out why the project is important, why we are working in Somerset and where our focus areas are…

How can I get involved?

SPONGE is all about working together to make our local towns a little greener. So we need your help!

Where can I find more info?

Learn more about the science behind SPONGE, and get help to make changes in your home or neighbourhood

Latest news from SPONGE…

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...

Demo Raingardens in Taunton

"Will we be able to pick the flowers?" was one of the questions raised last week, when we visited two residential areas in Taunton to talk to local people about the Demonstration Raingarden project. It showed just how people's imagination was captured by the idea of a...