Education is a key activity for the Trust and we want to educate both children and adults about the value of a healthy river and the threats facing rural and urban river habitats today.
We currently have two active education programmes for schools in south London.
Project Kingfisher is our educational programme for local schools, designed to challenge children to learn more about their local river, its history, wildlife and the role we can all play in protecting rivers for the future. The programme was developed as part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership, a Heritage Lottery Funded Project which delivered over 26 projects to improve the Wandle corridor for people and wildlife. With funding from the Greggs Foundation, we are now able to offer this project to schools on the Hogsmill and Beverley Brook as well.
The SuDS in Schools project is starting in Sutton in partnership with Sutton Council. The project will install sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in the grounds of 7 schools to reduce local surface water flood risk. The designed SuDS have the added advantage of providing improved playground facilities for the schools involved, adding features that could be used to help educate the whole school community about becoming more rainwater-friendly.