South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project is up and running!

The South East Rivers Trust, in partnership with Metis and Sutton Council, has launched the first SuDS project to target schools in Sutton.

What are SuDS?

With conventional drainage systems, rainwater rushes to the sewers, which can become overwhelmed during periods of heavy rain, causing flooding.  Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), including features such as rain gardens, water butts and green roofs, temporarily store rainwater relieving pressure on our drains.

By installing SuDS in 7 local schools, the SuDS in Sutton’s Schools (SiSS) project aims to reduce flood risks in the Hackbridge area by over 80%!

The first SuDS scheme will be installed this spring at Sutton Council’s Denmark Road Offices as a demonstration to the wider community of SuDS measures.  On Monday 26 February, a drop-in session was held for Denmark Road staff to explain the project and the aims behind it. London Wildlife Trust were kind enough to lend us their SuDS model house which we used to demonstrate the impact SuDS can have on local flooding.

More project updates to follow so keep your eyes peeled!