Delivering SuDS for communities

This susdrain event will discuss projects where Third Sector organisations working with communities, schools and other partners have, or are planning to deliver high quality replicable SuDS in existing communities.


The need to improve the quality of our local environment to create great places for people and nature underpins the delivery of SuDS that provide multiple benefits for rivers, streams and local communities.

In recent years Third Sector organisations like Wildlife Trusts, Rivers Trusts, Catchment Partnerships and others promoting a better local environment have become integral to SuDS implementation. These organisations can get support from SuDS specialists and as their confidence grows, they are now beginning to work with partners and the community to deliver SuDS in around communities, existing infrastructure and buildings like schools and community centres. The SuDS features delivered include wetlands, rain gardens and ponds. These are often relatively simple to replicate and provide opportunities for communities to be connected to water and nature and provide other benefits in terms of managing flood risk and water quality.

Retrofitting SuDS is often the most challenging part of SuDS delivery, they can be dependent on champions and engagement with communities BUT it can also be really rewarding. With water companies focussing on the role of retrofitting SuDS and local authorities looking for partners it is likely that Third Sector organisations will become more important in the mainstreaming of SuDS and the delivery of multiple benefits.

This susdrain event will present the opportunities and challenges being faced when Third Sector organisations deliver SuDS in different parts of the country. The seminar will also highlight the value of collaboration and the need for replicable SuDS features. Presentations will be provided by those working in Third Sector organisations and local authorities.

Why attend

The speakers have a wealth of experience and have been involved in delivering SuDS for Third Sector organisations for a number of years. The objectives of this seminar are to:

  • Provide an overview of the work of a variety of Third Sector organisations
  • Explain how Third Sector organisations can effectively work with partners to deliver SuDS
  • Share examples of SuDS delivery by Third Sector organisations


14:00    Registration and networking

14:30    Chair’s welcome and introduction                                                          

14:40    SuDS to manage water quality
             John Bryden, Thames 21
15:05    SuDS in schools
             Charlene Duncan, South Easter Rivers Trust                                          

15:30    Delivering SuDS in Somerset                            
             Andy Rogers, Westcountry Rivers Trust 

15:55    Delivering SuDS in the Northwest                      
             Pete Attwood, Groundwork

16:20    Discussion

17:00    Close

Who should attend

  • Regulators
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Those working in Local planning authorities
  • Those working in Lead Local flood authorities
  • Those working in sewerage undertakers

Tuesday 25 February 2020
14:00 - 17:00

CIRIA offices
Griffin Court
15 Long lane

Free for all to attend

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25/02/2020 - 25/02/2020
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