Invergowrie Primary Pupils Dig Deep for Green Car Park

02 April 2024
The pupils got their hands dirty planting trees and bedding flowers at the site

Getting stuck in

P6 pupils and members of the Eco Group from Invergowrie Primary School helped plant trees and bedding flowers at Scottish Water's Bullion House car park.

Pupils from Invergowrie Primary School got their hands dirty last week when they took part in a flower and tree planting session aimed at sustainably managing rain water at Scottish Water’s Bullion House office car park.

The group of 32 pupils from Primary 6 and the Eco Group helped to plant three apple trees and over 60 bedding flowers as part of a pilot retrofit project to reduce the risk of flooding at the site via the creation of tree pits, rain gardens and permeable paving.

These measures help to manage rainwater more effectively, by encouraging it to flow into natural features – often referred to as ‘blue green’ infrastructure - instead of the combined sewer network.

Emma Sands, from Scottish Water’s Flooding Team, led the visit for the pupils.

She said: "It was great to have the pupils visit and get them involved with planting to celebrate the completion of our storm water retrofit project in the car park. The children were great at testing out the new surfaces - pouring the watering cans over the permeable resin, and watching the water soak away was a real highlight.

“We showed the children construction photos of how the garden was built, and described how the below-ground soil crates were built to house the trees and soak up rainwater. The pupils were engaged, asked lots of thoughtful questions and were keen to hear more about the green ways we deal with surface water to try and reduce the impact of storms and climate change on the sewers.

“Rain gardens and planting trees are a great way of reutilising water and keeping it out of the sewers; once the tree roots are established, they will soak up the water instead of it going straight down the drains. And it has the added benefit of increasing biodiversity by providing habitats for pollinators, insects and birds, as well as creating a more pleasant environment for people to enjoy."

Class teacher Mrs Bienkowski said: “Primary 6 have had a wonderful experience at Scottish Water this afternoon, learning about the water cycle, then seeing real-life strategies that demonstrate how we can help with water drainage, and promote healthier outdoor spaces for both people and wildlife, in their beautiful rain garden. 

“The children all enjoyed testing the new water permeable surfaces and helping with planting flowers and trees in their rain garden. This learning experience really brought the curriculum to life and allowed our learners to make meaningful links between their learning and the real world.”

The Bullion House project is one of several similar pilot schemes across the country where Scottish Water is looking to invest in natural solutions to manage rainwater.
Invergowrie Primary School pupils cutting the ribbon on the improved car park

Green scheme

The pilot project is aimed at sustainably managing rain water at the site.