The Wildlife Trust aims to protect and create wildlife habitat, and inspire individuals to take action for wildlife and the environment. With this in mind, they have recently started branching out into a new and exciting area with huge potential for improving habitat for wildlife in urban areas; SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems).
SuDS mimic the countryside in our towns and cities 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.
Working with Natural Resources Wales, the Wildlife Trust have been identifying areas in Swansea which would benefit from SuDS and are now working with one community, at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre, to install Rain Garden planters on their building. The Swansea Vale Resource Centre is home to New Horizons, a support organisation for people with disabilities.
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! Rain gardens are usually depressions in the ground or raised planters into which a downpipe is directed, thereby capturing water during storms that would otherwise have gone straight down the drain. They can be planted with native, nectar-rich plants, providing food for invertebrates such as butterflies and bumblebees.
The Wildlife Trust is hoping to discover the most cost-effective and easiest ways of creating a Rain Garden with the hope that people may be inspired to create one in your own home! If you like the sound of Rain Gardens and would like to learn more about them, please contact Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org). She would be pleased to help and advise you.
If you have 2 minutes spare, the Wildlife Trust would really appreciate it if you answered a short survey about SuDS. It’s very quick and easy! To have a go, click here.