Urban SuDS Case Study: Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd

Over 300 trees planted to create a diverse living boundary around the school field and to reduce the amount of rainwater reaching the ground What?  As part of the ‘Soak it Up’ campaign delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, schools across the county were given the opportunity to learn about sustainable …

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Urban SuDS Case Study: Domestic Garden, Luddendenfoot

lawns to replace hard paving What? Front garden / Drive way into grassy garden Where? Family home (1880s’s 4 bed semi-detached house), Halifax. When? Spring 2018 Design:We had too much concrete and hard standing with enough parking for 3 cars in our garden.  The area is an ‘L’ shape so we pulled up the flag stones and decorative red …

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Urban SuDS Case Study: Permeable Drive, Heptonstall

Permeable drive What? We needed to create a driveway at our home. The ground was originally a lawn and we were aware that making a hard surface drive would increase runoff into the surface water drainage system. Where? End terrace, Heptonstall. When? Spring 2017. Design:The ground was cleared and approximately 100mm of course rubble was …

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Urban SuDS Case Study: Hebden Bridge Town Hall – Courtyard Rain Garden Planters

Calder Rivers Trust & Slow The Flow Calderdale Rain Garden Planters Slowing the flow of rainwater into the drainage system, thus reducing the potential for combined sewer flooding The Town Hall Courtyard planters project is a collaborative community venture, funded by a grant from the Postcode Local Trust. It is part of a wider initiative …

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Urban SuDS Case Study: Swale on Tipside by Todmorden Riverside Improvement Group (TRIG)

The Swale in 2018 What? Constructed a small swale to take surplus water away from the path and make a damp area of grass wetter and more biodiverse. Where? Tipside Todmorden. When? December 2016. Design:The swale has been designed to provide a new wetland plant community in an already wet grassy area, and to provide a small storage …

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Urban SuDS Case Study: Domestic Garden, Halifax

Green roof What? Front garden: Hedge and planting. Drive: Shed Green Roof and water butts Where? Family home (1950’s 3 bed semi-detached house), Halifax. When? Early 2018 (Hedge February, Green Roof April) Design: Replaced wall and hard surface at the front with a hornbeam hedge, and planted bulbs below. Built bespoke sturdy (to support extra weight of green …

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Links to SuDS resources

Susdrain: The community for sustainable drainage, more info and ideas http://www.susdrain.org/delivering-suds/using-suds/suds-principles/suds-principals.html CIRIA SuDS Manual: comprehensive SuDS guidance, free download http://www.ciria.org/Resources/Free_publications/SuDS_manual_C753.aspx RHS: Greening Grey Britain https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/gardening-in-a-changing-world/greening-grey-britain The Environment Agency: sign up for early warning of flood events https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/register Yorkshire Water: tips on water saving https://www.yorkshirewater.com/household/help-advice/save-water/water-saving-tips/ Yorkshire Water: Free water saving pack https://www.yorkshirewater.com/savewater#ls2 Save Water Save Money …

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Glossary of SuDS Terms

Susdrain provide an excellent glossary of SuDS terms – so rather than reinvent the wheel, here is a link! Susdrain glossary of SuDS terms: Click to visit glossary!

A celebration of community resilience

The Calder Valley was dramatically impacted by the floods of Boxing Day in 2015. It affected businesses and our communities but there was also a response: residents asked ‘what can I do?’. Slow the Flow Calderdale was part of that response. We are a small local charity working on natural flood management, promoting SuDS/rain gardens, …

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Hebden Bridge Town Hall Rain Garden Planter Celebrations – a great party!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in designing, building, funding, or coming along to the launch event for, the rain garden planters at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. It has been a fantastic team effort, and we had a great day for the launch event on Friday June 29th – with, ironically, not …

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