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 a drop of rain!
Councillor Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, officially ‘opened’ the planters (with her ceremonial watering can), and we thank the talented young people from Calder Valley Youth Theatre and Hebden Bridge Junior Band, for providing us with an afternoon of excellent entertainment.
The planters will remain in the courtyard at the Town Hall for the foreseeable future, and we will be monitoring them carefully, using our bespoke system to (hopefully) bring you some scientific findings about just how much they help to slow the flow of storm water. In a rainfall event, water from the downpipes is taken through the soil/plants, before making its way more slowly back into the drainage system.
In heavy rainfall/flood events, many urban SuDS interventions can help to reduce flood levels. In particular, these types of systems can help to reduce the impact of overflow from Calderdale’s combined surface & foul sewers. This reduces the risk of contaminated flood water entering our homes and rivers.
This project was developed and built in collaboration with a fantastic team, including the Calder Rivers Trust, Hebden Bridge Community Association, Green Future Building, 2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd, Calder Valley Clean Up, The Basement Project – and kindly funded by the Postcode Local Trust.
It now features on our shiny new ‘case studies’ page: http://slowtheflow.net/urban-suds-case-study-hebden-bridge-town-hall-courtyard-rain-garden-planters/ Do have an explore of them all, and if you have a project that you would like to share with us as a case study, please visit http://slowtheflow.net/case-study-submissions/
It is easy to feel complacent in this beautiful summer of hot, dry weather – but heavy rainfall now could easily result in surface water flooding, as hard, dry ground sheds water more easily to the drains. For inspiration on the many ways to help Slow The Flow in urban areas, please visit our ‘You Can Slow The Flow’ pages: http://slowtheflow.net/you-can-slow-the-flow/
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