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When is a butt not a butt!
Sat 28 May, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm BST
Many cities are witnessing changes to their climate with extreme precipitation causing localised flooding. Within Cambridge there are many areas where surface water flooding is increasing due to changes in the environment coupled with increases in populations, causing more impermeable surfacing which increases the chances of localised flooding.
Rain gardens have been shown to lessen that surface water flooding, by collecting the water off roofs and slowing the water flows, prior to dispersing the remaining water that has not evaporated or been use by the planting into the drainage system. Coupled with the obvious hydrological benefits, rain gardens also offer the opportunity for individuals and local groups to work together to improve their environment by planting household and neighbourhood level gardens that green the neighbourhood and lessen localised flooding.
A down spout rain garden has been installed at Romsey Mill Centre as a pilot project to show how these household level rain gardens look and function. Transition Cambridge Learning to Stay Dry is in the process of looking at Cambridge wide measures that would lessen river, ground water and surface water flooding and through discussion meetings and flood forums, establishing ways in which local groups can scale up these measures across Cambridge.
As part of the feature, a guided walk has also been organised for Saturday 28th May at 10am from Trumpington Park and Ride to enable all interested people to walk around Clay Farm Estate Development to see first hand sustainable urban drainage measures (SuDS) that have already been implemented, including permeable pavements, water butts, rain gardens, green roofs, and swales with the intention that following this feature and the walk, people will be inspired to adopt similar measures to their own properties, businesses and neighbourhoods.
- Dawn Purves