On Thursday 15th November, we held an Open Day to share our newly built rain garden on Denmark Road (Sutton) with schools and the local community. Pupils from both Harris Junior Academy (Carshalton) and Victor Seymour Infants School joined us for a fun day out. There was a range of activities on offer from testing ‘Lego house SuDS’ to making raindrop emojis.
The children even had a chance to further add to the rain garden by planting some bulbs. If all goes according to plan, a lovely display of daffodils will come up in the spring, all thanks to these pupils. Their enthusiasm was amazing, even returning after school with friends and family to plant more bulbs! Altogether, 120 bulbs were planted.
We had a total of 74 visitors to the rain garden throughout the day. Council staff, passers by, pupils and school staff all stopped by to have a look. The positive response from everyone was overwhelming. Here are some comments from the public:
And here is some feedback from the pupils:
Children were asked about their understanding of SuDS at the end of their session. Responses were given using a rain dropper, squirting water into the container that matched their answer.
Over 75% of pupils could identify that the main purpose of SuDS is to help prevent flooding!