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Yorkshire Water launches environment workshop at Addingham Primary School

Yorkshire Water and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were at Addingham Primary School as it launched 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 over 15 schools across the region to teach the importance of water sustainability.

Students at Addingham Primary School were treated to a two-day interactive workshop where they were introduced to sustainable drainage solutions such as roof gardens, vegetable gardens and water butts and learnt how they can help the environment and reduce flooding.

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 (SuDS) 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!”

Hilary Cave, Headteacher at Addingham Primary School said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed their work with Yorkshire Water, learning about how SuDS can help to reduce surface water flow and potential flooding. Our key stage two pupils loved designing SuDS for our school grounds and are really excited about seeing them in action in the summer term.

We were also really moved by the WaterAid presentation and will be fundraising next half-term to help this extremely worthwhile cause. Thank you to Adele and Margaret for spending time with us to help develop our environmental awareness.”

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