Swansea Makes a Splash- Rain Gardens Officially Opened

Cutting the Ribbon at the new Rain Garden

Cutting the Ribbon at the new Rain Garden

Celebrating the opening of a new SUDS scheme on St David's Day

The Rain Garden Planter

The Rain Garden Planter

Today, on St David’s Day, a day of celebration for Wales, the opening of a new Rain Garden was celebrated in Swansea.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, funded by Natural Resources Wales, has been working at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre with New Horizons, a support organisation for people with disabilities, to create Rain Garden planters at Swansea Vale Resource Centre, which capture rain water from the down pipes that would otherwise have gone straight down the drain. This is an example of a SUDS (Sustainable Drainage System), which can help prevent flooding and pollution on our rivers.

These were planted with plants for pollinators and people and now provide a space for New Horizons to relax and unwind, as well as holding water back from the river after storms.

Victoria Hill, Assistant Manager at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre, said ‘I am really pleased to have worked with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales to create a Rain Garden at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre. Where we previously had tarmac and not much else, we now have lovely raised planters which are also helping wildlife and the environment. The service users at New Horizons have enjoyed helping with the creation of the Rain Gardens and they now have a new place to go to enjoy wildlife and get some peace and quiet.’

New Horizons users, their families and representatives from the City and County of Swansea Council, Keep Wales Tidy and the Wildlife Trust joined together today to celebrate the opening of the gardens.