School fair saved by wetland – Wildfowl & Wetland Trust

23rd July 2013
School fair saved by wetland – Wildfowl & Wetland Trust
A school fair was saved by a wetland planted in the grounds by pupils and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), after a fierce downpour threatened to flood the school field.
The field at Hollickwood Primary School in Barnet, North London, would usually have taken days to dry out from the deluge. But WWT have been working with Hollickwood and nine nearby schools to install mini-wetlands which are great for drainage, great for attracting wildlife for lessons outside the classroom and great for preventing pollution reaching the local river, the Pymmes Brook.
The Hollickwood mini-wetland is planted in a wavy line along the edge of the school field next to the playground. Teachers and parents were delighted to see the wetland capture and store all the water which usually runs off the playground onto the grass and makes it unmanageably boggy.
Linden Groves, Parent and Garden Committee Coordinator, said: “The rain was heavy beyond belief. The playground was temporarily flooded up to a foot deep in parts. I was horrified, thinking it would still be flooded for the school fair the next day. But as if by magic – I know it’s really down to WWT’s skill – the torrent flowed straight into the wetland. The planting bed became a river. It was beautiful and after all the hard work by the children it was actually rather moving to see it all in action.”