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Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust work on project in Malton school

Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust began work on “Soak it Up” installations at Norton Community Primary School in Malton, helping to reduce the impact of surface water.

The build follows on from an earlier educational visit where pupils 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.

It was time to get hands dirty and put those plans into practice, with volunteers from Yorkshire Water and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust installing a water butt, planter and building a rain garden.

Yorkshire Water Campaign Project Co-ordinator, Nicole Jones, said: “Due to an increase in hard surfaces there is less rainwater being absorbed into the ground. This can cause flooding while additional litter and pollutants can get into the system and cause blockages.

“Soak it Up lets pupils know what they can do in school and at home to help and with those installations they get to see every day the benefits they bring.”

Yorkshire Water is running a competition, with the best at home SuDS winning a voucher for them and their school.

Tom Myers, teacher at Norton Community Primary School, said: "It has been a fantastic team effort from The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the parents of Norton CP school and the Yorkshire Water volunteers to get the majority of the projects installed at the Grove Street site. The gardens are now ready to have the seeds planted and will provide a fantastic real life learning experience for all the children; not only about the soaking up of water but about the life-cycle of plants and using the vegetables we grow for cooking in our school's community kitchen.”

For more information on Soak it Up and tips on how you can create your own sustainable drainage, go to our Soak it Up webpage.

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