Creating a rain garden

On 6th May, our Community Champions took part in an exclusive workshop with the London Wildlife Trust, as part of the Wandle Rain Gardens project.

This exciting project engages communities along the River Wandle to promote practical ways of becoming more climate change resilient in the face of increased risks of flooding and drought.

The Rain Gardens workshop, run by the London Wildlife Trust and headed by Joanna, was a fantastic introduction to ways in which we are able to help with reducing our impact on the water works within an urban community.” - Tash

The solution lies in turning our urban areas from grey to green and allowing soil to naturally soak up rainfall, and during the workshop, we explored how sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) can help to do just that…

What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is just one way that could help slow down the process of rainwater entering our drains. The process is simple; divert the rain which comes off our rooftops into a garden designed with materials and plants which can absorb high quantities of water. The end product is a beautiful garden that also provides a habitat for urban wildlife and could even help to improve air quality

"As part of the wider Wandle Rain Gardens Project, we all had a chance to help build a rain garden at the South Mitcham community Centre. This was a great opportunity to put what we had learnt into practice. It was a great afternoon spent outdoors getting to know people and giving something back to the community in return.
Learning about the benefits of a rain garden from the London Wildlife Trust – and indeed what one of these actually was – was a huge eye-opener for me. I now feel able to share this knowledge with others and am looking forward to experiencing what else the Community Champions can achieve together with Sustainable Merton” - Steph