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Project Kingfisher: The Teacher Diaries

The Teacher Diaries is a new blog series written by our Education Officer, Verity Thomson. Read our series to find out all about our efforts to get kids outside and engaged with their local river. The project is kindly supported by the Greggs Foundation

April 2018 – Project Kingfisher is in full flow!

Over the cold, hard, winter months, I have been out and about along the lengths of the Beverley Brook and Hogsmill rivers scouting for potential sites to run our outdoor education activities with local schools. There has been snow, rain and a lot of squelchy mud! The kids would’ve loved it, but what about the teachers?!

I’m hoping to encourage teachers to bring their classes of children out of the classroom to their local river and experience it for themselves, learning something new, taking away some real memories and providing a base from which to learn even more about their local river, its wildlife, and how we can help maintain and improve them.

We have run lots of outdoor sessions already along the River Wandle and we hope even more schools will get involved this Summer term, along the Beverley Brook and Hogsmill rivers too.

We also visit schools and give assemblies and classroom sessions to introduce them to their local river, with hopes that they will visit and learn even more about the rivers.

To find out more about what we are offering, visit our Education Pages here. 

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for more Teacher Diary updates!


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!

Recruiting: Part-time River Wandle Education Officer

LWLPS LOGOWe are recruiting a part-time River Education Officer to develop teaching packs and a ‘river in the classroom’ project as part of the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme.

This is a brand new role and will be based on the River Wandle in south London.

Further details are available here: EducationOfficer_JobDescriptionFeb2015.

To apply, please send email a CV (2 pages max) and a covering letter (2 pages max) focusing on your relevant experience, knowledge and skills, before 5pm on Monday 6th April.

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