South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

What might be included in a SuDS scheme?

The SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project has built a demonstration rain garden at Sutton Council’s offices on Denmark Road.  A total of six downpipes from the building feed into the garden where the water infiltrates into the ground to water the plants.  Excess water is released at a controlled rate back into the drains.  A case study for this scheme can be found here.

Denmark Road Rain Gardens


A range of features can be included as part of a SuDS project.  While we await completion of our first SuDS in schools schemes, here are some examples of what other organisations have done elsewhere.  Click on each example for a more detailed case study.

Hollickwood Primary School, London

The Hollickwood Primary School project in north London was built to address on-site flooding  and to provide a variety of educational opportunities.  It was a large scale project that included: a bioretention bog garden, swales and retention areas.  This project shows what can be achieved by getting kids involved.

Bridget Joyce Square, London

This project transformed an urban road between a school and two playgrounds into a space that was not only rainwater-friendly but child-friendly as well!

Stebonheath Primary School, Llanelli

This school in Wales, shows a good range of features including water butts, rain garden planters, permeable paving, tree pits and a swale. The interpretation board in the school makes the whole school community aware of the benefits of SuDS.

Derbyshire Street Pocket Park, London

This project integrates SuDS features with other amenities such as an edible garden, bike parking and a wildlife garden. It demonstrates what can be achieved even if space is limited.