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Project information

Rain Gardens for Rivers

Creating Rain Gardens in schools to teach children about nature and conservation. Rain Gardens are innovative, fun but have the power to clean and slow storm water which flows to our rivers. The playground becomes a green space filled with birds, butterflies and bees while making our rivers cleaner

16 weeks

Charity information: Action for the River Kennet

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  • Need


    The gardens are trying to reduce urban diffuse pollution and make rivers cleaner.
    In an ever-urbanising world it is vital that we create places for sudden downpours of rain to slowly permeate into the ground rather than rushing onto our rivers, taking with them nasty pollutants on the way.


    By capturing rain water from school buildings and playgrounds then slowing, filtering the rain before it reaches our rivers. The design and structure will help to educate a new generation of children with an understanding of sustainable drainage solutions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build a sustainable drainage scheme for a school playground and buildings


    » Design and build

    What success will look like

    Take photos of the completed garden and receive testimonials from the school and pupils.

    Aim 2

    Educate children about drainage, water quality and river ecology.


    » Instruct, document and maintain a rain garden

    What success will look like

    By meeting with and receiving ongoing reports from the teaching and learning staff of the schools.

  • Impact


    Improved water quality by reducing storm flow and run off pollution to the river.


    The rain gardens rely on a number of components all of which are relatively simple to install. We have already completed 3 rain gardens.

    There is a risk that the school might restrict the project which could reduce its impact. We spend a lot of time explaining, designing and communicating what is involved and we can point to previous success.


    We use social media, regular newsletters an annual review and an AGM which includes details of our projects for that year. Each donor in The Big Give will receive a specific report on the rain garden project by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Materials pipes, tanks, valves, plants
      £2,000 Design professional design and consulation
      £2,000 Installation Contractors
      £1,000 Project Managment Staff time and communication
  • Background


    two primary schools within the Kennet Valley area within Wiltshire and Berkshire.


    School children at the schools and their families and the people and ecology of the river and its surrounding location.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity working in the valley of the River Kennet with these aims.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charlotte Hitchmough

    Director of Action for the River Kennet

    Wendy Allen


    Anna Forbes

    Volunteer co-ordinator