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Calling all keen gardeners! Baydon School needs you!

Rainwater garden

Are you a keen gardener? Would you like to help your local school and work with an award-winning garden designer?

Baydon St Nicholas school are delighted to be working with Action for River Kennet to create a rainwater garden in the school grounds but need some help!

The idea behind a rainwater garden is to divert rain water away from sewers and surface water drains to areas where it can soak into the ground which means that the quality of water which joins the river is improved and the risk of flooding reduced.  Not only will the garden provide environmental benefits for the community, it will also provide the children with educational benefits as well as an additional outdoor learning and play area.


This is a very exciting project which will take a number of weeks to complete and we are hopeful that the Baydon Community may be able to help.

Action for River Kennet, together with award-winning garden designer, Wendy Allen, will be in school from 10am – 4pm on the following dates and would be very grateful for any help you can provide.

  • Tuesday 20th November
  • Sunday 25th November
  • Wednesday 28th November
  • Thursday 29th November
  • Tuesday 4th December
  • Wednesday 5th December
  • Saturday 8th December

Tasks will include: clearing vegetation, creating a ‘dead hedge’ feature, installing a water butt and water play feature, laying surface mulch and wildflower turf as well as planting.


We are also looking for anyone with:

  • hedge laying experience
  • digger drivers/anyone with a mini digger
  • any sarsen stones or limestone boulders of any size


If you are able to help in any capacity or have any queries, please do phone the school on 01672 540554 or email


Many thanks


Mrs Knighton