Housing association to launch pilot project to improve sustainability

WELLHOUSE Housing Association (WHA) has revealed plans to embark on a pilot project to create rainwater gardens as part of its commitment to improving sustainability in the community.

The initiative is part of the work on storm water management which is currently being implemented by the organisation, in conjunction with Scottish Water and Glasgow City Council, to manage and reduce flood risk in the area.

The masterplan, which is currently under development, aims to improve the management of storm water to enhance green spaces, reduce the risk of flooding and enable development and regeneration.

The first stage is the creation of demonstration rainwater gardens at The Hub, WHA’s community resource. There are also plans to introduce educational sessions with local school pupils and nurseries.

The next stage will see consultation start regarding a rainwater garden being created in the back court of a tenement building, which WHA said will potentially include a planter made from railway sleepers that will improve drainage of the water and reduce run-off as well as improving biodiversity in the area.

Darron Brown, chair of WHA, said, “At WHA we have a strong focus on sustainability and in creating an attractive environment which we will protect for future generations. We are also committed to supporting Scottish Government in meeting its environmental targets in the move to net zero.

“The creation of rainwater gardens within the area is an important part of the work to reduce flood risk whilst also improving green spaces for the benefit of everyone. Rain gardens can also play a part in making Wellhouse a more vibrant and attractive place for people to live, learn and work together by improving the biodiversity of the space and creating enhanced habitat for wildlife.”