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Travis St Lawrence CE School Soak it up! (with a little help)

Travis_new_trees.jpgTravis St Lawrence CE School have an answer to the heavy rain - soak it up!

They have installed "Soak it Up" installations to catch rain water, helping to reduce the impact of surface water.

And local MP Caroline Flint was on hand with pupils to inspect the work, including 240 assorted trees planted in the school grounds and to meet a few helpers on hand to get the job done - from Yorkshire Water and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


YW_and_YWT_at_Travis.jpgSaid Caroline: ““Top marks to Yorkshire Water the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Travis St Lawrence for planting 240 trees, creating bug hotels and installing planters to catch rainwater from roofs. If we are going to tackle climate change, the UK needs to plant 1.7million trees each week for the next 30 years. I hope every school copies the excellent example of Travis St Lawrence.

“It was fantastic to see the pupils enthusiasm about Soak it Up. I hope this initiative helps to spread the word about the need to capture and use more rainwater to benefit the climate and reduce flooding.”

The build follows on from an earlier educational visit where pupils were shown sustainable drainageSensory_garden.jpg solutions (SuDS) such as roof gardens, vegetable gardens and water butts and learnt how they contribute to flood relief and benefit the environment."

It was time to get hands dirty and put those plans into practice, with volunteers from Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Planting trees, a sensory garden, and installing two rain-garden planters.
Yorkshire Water Campaign Project Co-ordinator, Nicole Jones, said: “Due to an increase in hard surfaces there is less rainwater being absorbed into the ground. This can cause flooding while additional litter and pollutants can get into the system and cause blockages.

YW_staff_have_a_laugh.jpg“Soak it Up lets pupils know what they can do in school and at home to help and with those installations they get to see every day the benefits they bring.”

Yorkshire Water is running a competition, with the best at home SuDS winning a voucher for them and their school.


Top: kneeling by the last of 240 new trees, joined by Cllr Derek Smith, Cllr Duncan Anderson and headteacher Carolyn Buckley.

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