Youngsters join fight against local flooding

Building a wetland garden at Collingwood Primary Schools, North Shields, with Northumbrian Water and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (left to right-back three adults) Laura Tedstone from the WWT, Teacher Stepanie Cable and Elaine Smith from NW. 'REF 1612146524
Building a wetland garden at Collingwood Primary Schools, North Shields, with Northumbrian Water and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (left to right-back three adults) Laura Tedstone from the WWT, Teacher Stepanie Cable and Elaine Smith from NW. 'REF 1612146524

Green fingered school children from the borough are joining the fight against flooding as part of a creative way.

Pupils at Collingwood Primary School, in North Shields, have become one of the first in the region to take part in a Northumbrian Water scheme that aims to reduce the amount of surface water running off playgrounds into the sewer network.

Working in partnership with The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Northumbrian Water is creating a rain garden, a swale, bog garden, and a wetland garden.

Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, Elaine Smith, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding to our customers’ homes and businesses, and being prepared for the future as rainfall patterns intensify and change, are top priorities for us.

“Removing surface water from our sewer pipes means the network is able to carry more foul waste water and the risk of flooding will be reduced, especially in times of heavy rainfall.”

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has developed an educational programme for the project to teach youngsters about the water cycle, flooding and different water surfaces.