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Yorkshire Water launches environment workshop at Christopher Pickering School in Hull

Yorkshire Water joined forces with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Christopher Pickering School in Hull as it ran its latest “Soak it Up” workshop - an innovative approach to reducing water in drainage.

It is the latest education workshop delivered by Yorkshire Water, which has now partnered with 18 schools across the region to teach the importance of water sustainability.

Students at Christopher Pickering School took part in a one-day interactive workshop where they were shown sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) such as roof gardens, vegetable gardens and water butts and learnt how they contribute to flood relief and benefit the environment.

The pupils were given a board where they could build their own sustainable drainage system, with the team which prevented the most amount of water from reaching the drain crowned the winner!

Education & Volunteering Manager at Yorkshire Water, Anne Reed said: “Sustainable drainage systems are simple but highly effective way to utilise rain water. They can give a major boost to the local environment and to local wildlife whilst also playing a big role in flood prevention.

“We are thrilled to work with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to spread awareness and deliver some fun activities for local schools!”

Helen Hebden, Year Four teacher at Christopher Pickering School said: “Our year three and four pupils loved engaging in the SuDS workshops!

“The workshops were extremely well organised and resourced, allowing all pupils to enjoy engaging practically in a memorable lesson on water sustainability.

“They particularly liked the scientific investigations and planning SuDS on an enlarged map of our school which they then poured ‘precipitation’ water over to see the effect of their drainage solutions - the pupils became quite competitive!”

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