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Yorkshire Water launches environment workshop at Horton Park School in Bradford

Yorkshire Water joined forces with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Horton Park School in Bradford 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 Horton Park School took part in a one-day interactive workshop where they were shown sustainable drainage solutions 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 rainwater. 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!”

James Graham, Year Five teacher at Horton Park School said: “Our pupils have gained a tremendous amount of both skills and knowledge, raising their awareness about water sustainability. The high level of engagement and questioning within the workshop allowed children to improve many aspects of their education. The elements of talk within the team-based activities facilitated their development for self-awareness around water and also highlighted their role within a wider community and larger school environment.”

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