Organisation: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Type: Case Studies & Projects
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The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, in partnership with the RSPB, have published guidance on how to create SuDS that are great for wildlife and for people.
The guidance is aimed at local authorities, landscape architects, developers and anyone wishing to deliver benefits for people and wildlife through SuDS.
They have also produced a package of presentation materials as part of the Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) to help promote the use of SuDS that deliver for wildlife and people in catchments across the country, together with policy guidance, advice on responding to consultations, ways to demonstrate SuDs and a series of case studies.
In a scheme which could save millions if replicated across Manchester, with thanks to funding through the Natural Course project, a team headed by Business in the Community (BITC) has built a rain garden and transformed a large area of parking and pathways at Moorlands Junior School in Sale to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable drainage.
North West water firm United Utilities estimates that sustainable drainage schemes like Moorlands’ could save up to £1.75m a year for education budgets if all the city’s 1,300 schools adopted similar measures, with the potential savings at other public buildings and spaces even higher. A similar demonstration scheme is now being planned for an NHS health centre elsewhere in the city.