Have your say on the Wild Park Rainscape

4 February 2022

Learn more and share your thoughts on the proposed new rainscape at Wild Park

Living Coast partners The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) have won some funding to improve a small area in Wild Park in Brighton, creating an attractive natural landscape. Designed around several shallow planted basins, known as ‘rainscapes’ which can hold water during heavy rainfall, it will help to reduce pollution and improve the area for people and nature. The Aquifer Partnership have done some background work to check out the technical feasibility of this and are keen to make contact, seek feedback and involve local people as they start to move forward into the design stage.

Rainscapes have many benefits in both urban and rural settings.  They slow the flow of water when there is heavy rain which can help prevent or reduce flooding. They also help filter pollution from the water they collect, which reduces the amount of pollution getting into important groundwater stores. They can also provide important habitats for nature as crucial urban greenspace. The image above shows an existing rainscape in Brighton, located on Darcey Drive, showcasing a beautiful diversity of planting and wildflowers that can support all sorts of species, as well as creating a wonderful area of greenspace whilst reducing impacts of flooding. A win win situation!

Photo by Liz Finlayson/Vervate The Living Coast, the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Region includes land and sea from Shoreham to Newhaven. Starling Murmuration Brighton Seafront

The Aquifer Partnership welcome the chance to talk with residents at meetings, schools and groups, and will be planning events and activities to explain more about the plans over the next few months. They will be putting regular updates on the The Aquifer Partnership website, social media, emails and leaflets. They are keen to support local people in setting up a ‘Friends of Wild Park’ for people to get more involved in the scheme as it progresses. If you want to stay up to date with this, please email The Aquifer Partnership team at WildPark@southdowns.gov.uk or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) brings together the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and Brighton & Hove City Council and other partners to work together to protect our aquifer: the source of our drinking water in the city.

Click here to visit The Aquifer Partnership’s Wild Park webpage.

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