We’re Singing in the Rain!

The completed Rain Garden at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre

The completed Rain Garden at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre

Wildlife Trust creates a sustainable drainage scheme in Swansea

Jade from New Horizons works on the pond planter

Jade from New Horizons works on the pond planter

Earlier this year, the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales were engaged by Natural Resources Wales to create a Sustainable Drainage Scheme (SuDS) in the heart of Swansea.

SuDS mimic the countryside in our towns and cities by using features such as ponds and green roofs, which intercept rain water as it falls, storing it in periods of high rainfall and removing pollutants from water. This reduces the risk of flooding and prevents damage to our wildlife.

We teamed up 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. These were planted with plants for pollinators and people and now provide a space for New Horizons to relax and unwind.

Andrew Price from the Swansea Vale Resource Centre had this to say about the new garden, 'I took a large group out there the other day when the rain had stopped and they were all very pleased. Said it was wonderful One service user just couldn’t stop smiling. Everyone is very happy and think the ramp is great.'

Rain gardens are the perfect way to make your garden work for water and wildlife. They come in many shapes and sizes, but all have a common goal; to capture water in a beautiful and wildlife-friendly way.

For more information on how the planters were built, visit our Facebook page here.

If you'd like any more information on SuDS or how to build your own, visit this  webpage or contact Rose on email / 01656 724100