Slow the Flow Calderdale officially launched its new rain garden planters at Hebden Bridge Town Hall during a special event.
The planters are part of a wider initiative to help understand how urban Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can play a part in flood alleviation by slowing the flow of rainwater into the drainage system, thus reducing the potential for combined sewer flooding.
Councillor Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd, officially “opened” the planters with her ceremonial watering can, put into use due to the recent lack of rain.
Carol is a fervent supporter of Slow The Flow Calderdale’s work.
The group was grateful to her for agreeing to open this brand new initiative which shows how we can all use water in different ways.
Mayor Stow said: “I expected my mayoral year to bring new experiences but hadn’t expected wielding a ceremonial watering can to be one of them!
“I was delighted to officially open these new planters for Slow the Flow, my mayoral charity. They are doing such amazing work up on our valley sides to help protect our community from the risk of flooding and now this new initiative for more urban environments means those of us living in the valley bottom can join in and help ‘slow the flow’ too.”
The planters will remain at the Town Hall and Slow The Flow volunteers will be monitoring them carefully, using a bespoke system to provide scientific evidence about just how much they help to slow the flow of storm water.
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